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Jakarta Post

More research needed on piracy in Asia

  • Eric Frécon


Singapore   /   Thu, September 12, 2019   /  04:32 pm
More research needed on piracy in Asia Lone vessel: A documentary and photobooks on Maritime Expedition to the East of the Archipelago highlight the plight of fishermen in eastern Indonesia. (Ekspedisi Maritim Timur Nusantara/-)

Investing in field research — which requires academically collecting human intelligence — is becoming tricky for researchers. This is due to the rising demand for expertise on TV and in newspapers as well as to the increasing pressure caused by constraints on funding and rankings to produce and publish research within institutes and think tanks. Note the patience that Claude Levi-Strauss had to accord in his fieldwork on indigenous tribes in Brazil in the 1930s, and TE Lawrence’s sacrifices to be accepted by the Arabic tribes during World War I. Today, it is much more tempting to rely on secondary sources knowing that social networks and the inflation of Track 2 meetings can facilitate access to reports and comments. Of course, tweets and posts are a fantastic opportunity to get brilliant insights and relevant comments from highly esteemed scholars. However, this ...

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