Interview with Professor Herb Kelman

Master’s Series on Field Research
Interview with Professor Herb Kelman
Professor, Harvard University


Peter Blanck interviews Herb Kelman about his work as a field researcher. Kelman compares field research with various other forms of scientific research and discusses the ethical considerations taken into account in field research. Kelman describes his “action research” involving the Arab-Israeli conflict, the role he plays in organizing interactions between members of the two groups, his efforts to measure the success of the program, what role a “participant observer” plays, and the reason he has chosen not to record the interactions. He concludes by explaining how he is trying to use the interactions as a tool to effect policy decisions, his struggles to train others in this style of research, and what motivates his life and work.

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