Rethinking Pseudonyms in Ethnography

Names are Problems: For Congolese Refugees, for the Humanitarian System, and for Anthropological Writing

by Marnie Jane Thomson Scene: Nyarugusu Refugee Camp, western Tanzania. 2012. A UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) meeting for camp residents, primarily Congolese, who had preliminarily qualified for resettlement in the United [...]

Collapsing Distance: Recognition, Relation, and the Power of Naming in Ethnographic Research

by Sara Shneiderman If naming is fundamentally a process of recognition, how does the practice of using pseudonyms—masking names—undermine ethnography’s potential as an instrument of recognition? In this essay, I reflect [...]

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