Art Of Fieldwork / Edition 2

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In this long-anticipated second edition of The Art of Fieldwork, prominent anthropologist Harry F. Wolcott updates his original groundbreaking text, which both challenges and petitions anthropology and its practitioners to draw not only on the traditional precepts of science, but also on the richness of artistry in the collection, interpretation, and expression of fieldwork data. Each of the original chapters have been thoughtfully revised to reflect the past nine years of anthropological development. Combined with a new final chapter, this refreshing text makes an exciting reentry into the ongoing debate of the processes, challenges, and rewards of fieldwork methodology. Researchers in qualitative methods and field methods—and fieldworkers across disciplines—will find this well-crafted, approachable book a thought-provoking read.

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Editorial Reviews

American Journal of Sociology
This is a fine introduction to the perils and pleasures of fieldwork. Broad, eclectic, and open, it deals with questions of both epistemology and technique straightforwardly and without pretension.
— Leslie Salzinger
Journal Of The Royal Anthropological Institute
The author has many helpful suggestions for the first-time fieldworker.
Qualitative Social Research
Harry F. Wolcott's The Art of Fieldwork presents thorough and captivating discussion of the issues surrounding ethnographic fieldwork, with particular focus on the many contradictory facets of the science. It is an excellent resource for both experienced and new fieldwork researchers.
Routledge Studies In Memory and Narrative
Far more than a how-to-do-it handbook, The Art of Fieldwork offers a rich, engaging discourse drawing from a lifetime of personal experiences.
— Donald A. Ritchie
Sir Read Alot Book Review
Wolcott updates his original groundbreaking text, in this long-anticipated second edition of The Art of Fieldwork, which appeals to anthropology and its practitioners to draw on the traditional precepts of science as well as on the richness of artistry. The Art of Fieldwork makes an exciting reentry into the ongoing debate of the processes, challenges, and rewards of fieldwork. Qualitative researchers across the disciplines will find this well-crafted, approachable book a thought-provoking read and a perfect introduction to the nuances of field methods for their students.
Wollcott (anthropology, U. of Oregon) looks at the essential elements that constitute fieldwork methodology, comparing the fieldworker to the artist, describing fieldworkers' basic techniques and ethical and personal dilemmas, and linking fieldwork to building theory, analysis, and the writing process. He discusses fieldwork as intimate, long-term acquaintance, objectivity and bias, and writing as central to the art of fieldwork. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759107977
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,503,218
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry F. Wolcott is a professor emeritus in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Part One: Fieldwork Contexts Chapter 2 Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 3 Chapter 2. Fieldwork As Art? Chapter 4 Chapter 3. How Art Works Part 5 Part Two: The Fieldwork Part Of Fieldwork Chapter 6 Chapter 4. Fieldwork Vs. (Just) Being In The Field Chapter 7 Chapter 5. Fieldwork: The Basic Arts Chapter 8 Chapter 6. Fieldwork: The Darker Arts Part 9 Part Three: Fieldwork As Mindwork Chapter 10 Chapter 7. The Art Of (Conceptual) Self-Defense Chapter 11 Chapter 8. The Art Of Conceptualizing Chapter 12 Chapter 9. The Art Of Self-Expression Part 13 Part Four: Fieldwork As Personal Work Chapter 14 Chapter 10. Satisfactions Of Fieldwork Chapter 15 Chapter 11. The Art Of Discretion Part 16 References And Select Bibliography Part 17 Name Index Part 18 Subject Index Part 19 About The Author / About The Book

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