Foreign fieldworkers and native participants: A theory of method

Scott Jacques*, Marie Rosenkrantz Lindegaard, Jean-Louis van Gelder

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)
93 Downloads (Pure)


Foreign fieldwork often comes with vast cultural differences between the researcher and participants. Such differences have implications for the success and findings of research. In this paper, we draw on our experiences doing fieldwork abroad to propose a theory ofmethod.We suggest that as cultural distance increases, what is communicated by a participant (1) increasingly reflects assumptions about the researcher's culture, (2) decreasingly reflects the participant's own culture, and (3) becomes more righteous. The paper concludes by using the proposed theory to suggest practical suggestions that criminologists may employ to improve their research abroad.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-259
Number of pages14
JournalVictims and Offenders
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Foreign fieldwork
  • Pure sociology
  • Theory of method


Dive into the research topics of 'Foreign fieldworkers and native participants: A theory of method'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this