Anika Oettler

Do Qualitative Data Help in Addressing Central American Violence? Research Note on Data Collection

GIGA Working Paper, No. 76, May 2008

Taking as its point of departure debates on the value of criminal statistics and victimization surveys, this article explores the methodological challenge of an alternative approach to Central American violence(s). How can we collect qualitative data that help address the social construction of (in)security? The research project "Public Spaces and Violence in Central America" used multiple data sources, including guided interviews and pupils’ essays. Drawing on research experience in Nicaragua, this paper asks, How can we collect data that reveal lifeworld experiences as well as hegemonic and counter-discourses on violence? Why is it crucial to keep a research diary? What is a "failed" or a "good" interview? This article argues for a research design based on theoretical considerations, impulsiveness and, most notably, constant self-reflection.

GIGA-Forschung zum Thema

Related Research Tabs

GIGA AutorInnen

Prof. Dr. Anika Oettler is a professor of sociology at Philipps‐Universität Marburg and an associate researcher at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies. She has published extensively on transitional justice, historical memory, and violence.

Aktuelle Publikationen der AutorInnen

Anika Oettler

Transitional Justice, Recognition, and Authoritative Power

GIGA Working Paper, No. 305, August 2017

Peter Peetz / Sebastian Huhn / Anika Oettler

Zentralamerika: Zum schwankenden Nachrichtenwert von Kriminalität in einer heterogenen Printmedienlandschaft

in: Hanno Bruchmann / Anna Dobelmann / Annika Hartmann / Aylin Kruse / Manuel Schulz / Sarah Helen Sott (eds.), Medien und Demokratie in Lateinamerika, Berlin: Karl Dietz Verlag, 2012, 200-220

Anika Oettler

The Central American Fear of Youth

Journal of International Conflict and Violence, 5, 2011, 2, 261-276

Sebastian Huhn / Anika Oettler / Peter Peetz

Jugendbanden in Zentralamerika – Zur sozialen Konstruktion einer teuflischen Tätergruppe

in: Peter Imbusch (ed.), Jugendliche als Täter und Opfer von Gewalt, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2010, 213-242