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date: 15 January 2021

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This chapter is concerned with research practices in applied ethnomusicology, particularly the potential for applied ethnomusicology to provide researchers with frameworks for transcending their own personal or professional vulnerabilities in the field, leading to improved fieldwork interactions and improved outcomes for themselves and their research participants. It summarizes relevant ethnomusicological and anthropological sources for vulnerability in fieldwork practice, and then presents two case studies, drawn from the author’s own research, that present contrasting perspectives on fieldwork vulnerability. These case studies reveal some of the interpersonal challenges that can occur in culturally engaged fieldwork, and each of them presents solutions to these challenges that are drawn from an ethos of applied research. Overall, this chapter advocates for an ethnomusicology in which the needs of research participants are incorporated into the researcher’s own aims and objectives.

Keywords: applied ethnomusicology, ethnomusicology, fieldwork, vulnerability, research participants

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