Anthropological Locations: Boundaries and Grounds of a Field Science / Edition 1

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Overview

Among the social sciences, anthropology relies most fundamentally on "fieldwork"—the long-term immersion in another way of life as the basis for knowledge. In an era when anthropologists are studying topics that resist geographical localization, this book initiates a long-overdue discussion of the political and epistemological implications of the disciplinary commitment to fieldwork. These innovative, stimulating essays—carefully chosen to form a coherent whole—interrogate the notion of "the field," showing how the concept is historically constructed and exploring the consequences of its dominance. The essays discuss anthropological work done in places (in refugee camps, on television) or among populations (gays and lesbians, homeless people in the United States) that challenge the traditional boundaries of "the field." The contributors suggest alternative methodologies appropriate for contemporary problems and ultimately propose a reformation of the discipline of anthropology.

Author Biography: Akhil Gupta is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University. JamesFerguson is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520206809
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 287
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Akhil Gupta is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University. James Ferguson is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Discipline and Practice: "The Field" as Site, Method, and Location in Anthropology 1
2 After Ishmael: The Fieldwork Tradition and Its Future 47
3 Locating the Past 66
4 News and Culture: Transitory Phenomena and the Fieldwork Tradition Liisa H. Malkki 86
5 African Studies as American Institution 102
6 The Waxing and Waning of "Subfields" in North American Sociocultural Anthropology 117
7 Anthropology and the Cultural Study of Science: From Citadels to String Figures 131
8 "You Can't Take the Subway to the Field!": "Village" Epistemologies in the Global Village 147
9 The Virtual Anthropologist 163
10 Spatial Practices: Fieldwork, Travel, and the Disciplining of Anthropology 185
References 223
Contributors 261
Index 265
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