Ethnographic Fieldwork : An Anthropological Reader

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2012-01-24
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Newly revised, Ethnographic Fieldwork: An Anthropological Reader Second Edition provides readers with a picture of the breadth, variation, and complexity of fieldwork. The updated selections offer insight into the ethnographer's experience of gathering and analyzing data, and a richer understanding of the conflicts, hazards and ethical challenges of pursuing fieldwork around the globe. Offers an international collection of classic and contemporary readings to provide students with a broad understanding of historical, methodological, ethical, reflexive and stylistic issues in fieldwork Features 16 new articles and revised part introductions, with additional insights into the experience of conducting ethnographic fieldwork Explores the importance of fieldwork practice in achieving the core theoretical and methodological goals of anthropology Highlights the personal and professional challenges of field researchers, from issues of professional identity, fieldwork relations, activism, and the conflicts, hazards and ethical concerns of community work.

Author Biography

Antonius C. G. M. Robben is Professor of Anthropology at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and past President of the Netherlands Society of Anthropology. He is the author of Sons of the Sea Goddess: Economic Practice and Discursive Conflict in Brazil (1989) and Political Violence and Trauma in Argentina (2005), and editor of Fieldwork Under Fire: Contemporary Studies of Violence and Survival (with Carolyn Nordstrom, 1995) and Iraq at a Distance: What Anthropologists Can Teach Us About the War (2010).

Jeffrey A. Sluka is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at Massey University, New Zealand. He is past Chair of the Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa/New Zealand, a Fellow of the American Anthropological Association, author of Hearts and Minds, Water and Fish: Popular Support for the IRA and INLA in a Northern Irish Ghetto (1989), and editor of Death Squad: The Anthropology of State Terror (2000).

Table of Contents

About the Editorsp. x
Editors’ Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Acknowledgments to Sourcesp. xii
Fieldwork in Cultural Anthropology: An Introductionp. 1
Beginningsp. 49
Introductionp. 51
The Observation of Savage Peoplesp. 56
The Methods of Ethnologyp. 63
Method and Scope of Anthropological Fieldworkp. 69
Fieldwork Identityp. 83
Introductionp. 85
A Woman Going Nativep. 92
Fixing and Negotiating Identities in the Field: The Case of Lebanese Shiitesp. 103
Being Gay and Doing Fieldworkp. 114
Automythologies and the Reconstruction of Ageingp. 124
Fieldwork Relations and Rapportp. 135
Introductionp. 137
Champukwi of the Village of the Tapirsp. 143
Behind Many Masks: Ethnography and Impression Managementp. 153
The Politics of Truth and Emotion among Victims and Perpetrators of Violencep. 175
The “Other” Talks Backp. 191
Introductionp. 193
Custer Died for Your Sinsp. 199
Here Come the Anthrosp. 207
When They Read What the Papers Say We Wrotep. 210
Ire in Irelandp. 219
Fieldwork Confl icts, Hazards, and Dangersp. 235
Introductionp. 237
Ethnology in a Revolutionary Settingp. 244
The Ethnographer’s Talep. 256
Anthropology from the Bones: A Memoir of Fieldwork, Survival, and Commitmentp. 274
Reflections on Managing Danger in Fieldwork: Dangerous Anthropology in Belfastp. 283
Fieldwork Ethicsp. 297
Introduction 299p. 283
The Life and Death of Project Camelotp. 306
Confronting the Ethics of Ethnography: Lessons From Fieldwork in Central Americap. 318
Ethics versus “Realism” in Anthropologyp. 331
Worms, Witchcraft and Wild Incantations: The Case of the Chicken Soup Curep. 353
Code of Ethics (2009) American Anthropological Associationp. 359
Multi-Sited Fieldworkp. 365
Introductionp. 367
Beyond “Culture”: Space, Identity, and the Politics of Differencep. 374
Afghanistan, Ethnography, and the New World Orderp. 387
Being There … and There … and There! Reflections on Multi-Site Ethnographyp. 399
A New Form of Collaboration in Cultural Anthropology: Matsutake Worlds Matsutake Worlds Research Groupp. 409
Sensorial Fieldworkp. 441
Introductionp. 443
Balinese Character: A Photographic Analysisp. 450
The Taste of Ethnographic Thingsp. 465
Dialogic Editing: Interpreting How Kaluli Read Sound and Sentimentp. 480
On Rocks, Walks, and Talks in West Africa: Cultural Categories and an Anthropology of the Sensesp. 496
Refl exive Ethnographyp. 511
Introductionp. 513
Fieldwork and Friendship in Moroccop. 520
The Way Things Are Saidp. 528
Transmutation of Sensibilities: Empathy, Intuition, Revelationp. 540
“At the Heart of the Discipline”: Critical Reflections on Fieldworkp. 547
Engaged Fieldworkp. 563
Introductionp. 565
Introduction - 1942p. 573
Scholarship, Advocacy, and the Politics of Engagement in Burma (Myanmar)p. 579
“Human Terrain”: Past, Present and Future Applicationsp. 593
The Gaza Freedom Flotilla: Ethnographic Notes on “Othering Violence”p. 605
Key Ethnographic, Sociological, Qualitative, and Multidisciplinary Fieldwork Methods Textsp. 612
Edited Cultural Anthropology Volumes on Fieldwork Experiencesp. 615
Reflexive Accounts of Fieldwork and Ethnographies Which Include Accounts of Fieldworkp. 618
Leading Cultural Anthropology Fieldwork Methods Textsp. 620
Early and Classic Anthropological Writings on Fieldwork, including Diaries and Lettersp. 622
Indexp. 623
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