Social science research and field work in Afghanistan

Rafiq Ullah Kakar, of Opinion Research Center of Afghanistan, outlines the myriad challenges faced in conducting good quality research in Afghanistan - a vast and insecure country.

Social science research and field work in Afghanistan

Rafiq Ullah KakarOpinion Research Center of Afghanistan (ORCA), Afghanistan


Afghanistan has faced continuous conflict, occupation and civil war since 1979. The resulting violence and aftermath of the conflict have deeply affected the socio-political dynamics of the country. This paper tries to understand the meaning and nature of that everyday violence, investigate dangers in field work and put forth real life examples of courage and creativity in the field and explore how that can be a symbol of hope for a better future in this war weary country.

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