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On Brokers, Commodification of Information andLiberian Former Combatants
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Division of Strategy.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0462-6679
2019 (English)In: Civil Wars, ISSN 1369-8249, E-ISSN 1743-968X, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 179-199Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates research brokers and commodification of information.When combined with inherently asymmetric research relationships and successfulgatekeeping, brokers create demand and become indispensable.Potential negative effects of brokerage and commodification of informationare discussed through experiences studying former combatants in Liberia.There bargains with brokers who could facilitate access to this hidden populationresulted in a vicious circle as brokers confirmed what researchers wantedto hear. The attention to this issue was first brought by subsequent ethnographyand participant observation, which also offer the promise of an ethicallydefensible way of collecting information.

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2019. Vol. 21, no 2, p. 179-199
Keywords [en]
civil war, conflict ethnography, Liberia, methodology, research brokers, war
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Sociology
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Krigsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8751DOI: 10.1080/13698249.2019.1602806OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-8751DiVA, id: diva2:1354916
Available from: 2019-09-26 Created: 2019-09-26 Last updated: 2019-09-26

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