In/out of Nigeria: transnational research and the politics of identity and knowledge production
This article explores the murkiness of fieldwork and writing that often comes with simultaneous positioning as insider/outsider. I engage with two key themes: First, identity, legitimacy and representation and, second, the gray spaces between theory and reality. The first theme examines the contradictions of being perceived as both an insider and outsider; the complexities of identity and language while at ‘home’ in the field, and the challenges of performing the native informant role while back ‘home’ in Canada. The second theme explores the uncomfortable dilemma of engaging with the ‘Rush to Theory’ from the global south. I will examine how the theories are sophisticated and provocative, yet prove unsatisfactory in terms of having practical applications. I conclude the article by positing that, despite the challenges of doing transnational work, transnational subjects invariably contribute to the creation of a new politics of knowledge production and to the attainment of social justice.
|Keywords||Hyphenated identity, insider/outsider, knowledge production, native informant, transnational feminist research|
|Journal||Gender, Place and Culture|
Ogunyankin, G.A. (2019). In/out of Nigeria: transnational research and the politics of identity and knowledge production. Gender, Place and Culture. doi:10.1080/0966369X.2018.1481370