Field Memo

Navigating Complexity: Challenges and Reflexivity of a Muslim Researcher

Introduction My thesis delves into Muslim identity within Muslim-segregated areas, investigating its integration into society through an ethnographic lens. It examines the marginalization and health behavior of Muslims, focusing on experiences in South Delhi, India, particularly Jamia Nagar. Jamia Nagar, labeled a Muslim ‘ghetto,’ witnessed intensified challenges post-‘Batla House encounter’ in 2008, the ‘Shaheen Bagh […]

Risk, Informed Consent, and Public Sociology: Reflections from an Aborted Ethnography

In the wake of the 2016 U.S presidential election, hate-fueled mass shootings of Jewish and Black places of worship, violent skirmishes between alt-right pro-Trump protesters and anti-fascist counter-protesters, and scores of other acts of violence caught the nation’s attention. Meanwhile, some white nationalist groups worked quietly out of the media spotlight to cultivate an image […]