Being There / Edition 1by C. W. Watson
Pub. Date: 05/01/1999
Publisher: Pluto Press
The nature of anthropological fieldwork changes from generation to generation, reflecting current personal, moral and political issues. This collection addresses the central position of fieldwork in modern social anthropology, examining previous works on the subject and locating a discussion of the nature of fieldwork within the context of current theoretical… See more details below
The nature of anthropological fieldwork changes from generation to generation, reflecting current personal, moral and political issues. This collection addresses the central position of fieldwork in modern social anthropology, examining previous works on the subject and locating a discussion of the nature of fieldwork within the context of current theoretical debates.
Central to this analysis are the personal accounts of six anthropologists, all trained in the tradition of social anthropology and working in a variety of different social, economic and environmental settings --- Italy, the Himalayas, Northern England, Bangladesh and Indonesia. Each example is a discussion of the close relationship which anthropologists establish with friends and informants in the field. Collectively they describe the varying ways in which that closeness affects the nature of the anthropologists' observation, as well as an understanding of themselves and their discipline. The study reveals that, although the younger generation of social anthropologists clearly derive their inspiration from the ideas and insights of an earlier generation, they are working with a set of very different political and personal circumstances.
Accessible, beautifully written and jargon-free, Being There breaks new ground in the way in which its authors explain and reflect on their intentions and emotions, and the nature of their personal relationships with their informants.
Table of Contents
1. Fictions of Fieldwork: Depicting the ‘Self’ in Ethnographic Writing (Italy)
Cris Shore (Goldsmiths College, London)
2. Location and Relocation: Home, ‘The Field’ and Anthropological Ethics (Sylhet, Bangladesh)
Katy Gardner (University of Sussex)
3. On Ethnographic Experience: Formative and Informative (Nias, Indonesia)
Andrew Beatty (Wolfson College, Oxford)
4. Learning to be Friends: Participant Observation amongst English School children (the North of England)
Allison James (University of Hull)
5. The End in the Beginning: New Year at Rizong (The Himalayas)
Anna Grimshaw (University of Manchester)
6. A Diminishment: a Death in the Field (Kerinci, Indonesia)
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