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Mülli, Linda Martina (2018): Reflexive subjects: Exploring the narrative habitus of self-aware interviewees. In: Fabula, Vol. 59, No. 1-2: pp. 92-111
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Abstract

The notion of 'self-aware interviewees' contains two features that emerged when studying early career professionals in the United Nations headquarters in Geneva and Vienna. First, it entails considerations on the researcher's positionality vis-a-vis the 'reflexive subjects' encountered in the field. It also considers the benefit of 'para-ethnographic sensibilities' and the related re-negotiation of the relationship informant-ethnographer. Second, it addresses the narrative habitus encountered among UN neophytes. This paper ultimately states that analyzing the self-aware interviewees' (auto-)narrations implies reflections on power relations in a particular research setting.