Doing ethnography with a dual positionality: Experiences in Spanish and Taiwanese governmental institutions

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This chapter offers an account of how I conducted ethnographic fieldwork into two digitally-mediated policymaking processes by applying for an internship in Madrid City Council and in Cabinet Office of the Taiwanese government. My dual positionality as an intern and a researcher made it possible for me to circumvent the challenges of studying hard-to-reach elite institutions and to navigate through the power imbalance existing between myself as a PhD researcher and political elites within the two governments. This dual positionality created a semi-insider identity, which allowed me to build reciprocal and trustful working relationships with Spanish and Taiwanese practitioners. Based on this working relationship, I was able to collect insightful perspectives on two policymaking processes enabled by two ‘Digital Platforms for Political Participation’ (DPPPs) in Spanish and Taiwanese governmental contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNavigating the field: Postgraduate Experiences in Social Research
PublisherSpringer Nature
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Apr 2021
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

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