On Being a Chamorro Researcher with a Home Court (Dis)Advantage on Guam
This chapter examines indigenous Chamorro masculinity and U.S. colonialism. At the same time it reflects on experiences of doing research in one's home community as both an “insider” and an “outsider.” At first believing that he will have insider “home court” advantage with regard to willing collaborators for his research, the author soon finds many unforeseen complications that stall the research and emphasize the consequences of the obligations he has neglected in playing the insider role in his home community. The interactions shared with participants confined to the context of “research” had created an uncomfortable environment in which many of them feared that the author's advanced, formal education created a situation that put them at risk of “looking stupid.”
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