Ethnographic Fieldwork: An Anthology / Edition 1

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Ethnographic Fieldwork: An Anthropological Reader provides a comprehensive selection of classic and contemporary reflections, examining the tensions between self and other, the relationships between anthropologists and informants, conflicts and ethical challenges, various types of ethnographic research, and different styles of writing about fieldwork.

  • Discusses fieldwork in general, as opposed to its formal methods
  • Presents a good sense of the historical and conceptual development of fieldwork as the predominant methodological approach of social and cultural anthropology
  • Includes introductory chapter and 38 leading articles on ethnographic fieldwork in cultural anthropology, organized around ten themes – Beginnings; Fieldwork Identity; Fieldwork Relations and Rapport; The Other Talks Back; Conflicts, Hazards, and Dangers in Fieldwork; Ethics; Multi-Sited Fieldwork; Sensorial Fieldwork; Reflexive Ethnography; and Fictive Fieldwork and Fieldwork Novels.
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"A marvelous tool for teaching ethnography! This excellent collection combines classic statements with more contemporary pieces to provide both practical advice and sophisticated reflection on the dilemmas of fieldwork and its risks both for fieldworkers and for field subjects." Tanya Luhrmann, Max Palevsky Professor, University of Chicago

Ethnographic Fieldwork is an outstanding volume that will surely become a virtual bible for students and teachers of anthropology everywhere. Rarely have I seen an edited volume so intelligently and thoughtfully put together. The selections are excellent, the Introduction is valuable, and the section introductions are small gems of insight and synthesis. And finally, it is more than readable – it is compelling. I actually couldn’t put it down.” Sherry B. Ortner, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

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Meet the Author

Antonius C.G.M. Robben is Professor of Anthropology at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and the past President of the Netherlands Society of Anthropology. He is the author or editor of a number of books, most recently Political Violence and Trauma in Argentina (2005), Death, Mourning, and Burial: A Cross-Cultural Reader (Blackwell 2004), and Cultures under Siege: Collective Violence and Trauma (Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, 2000).

Jeffrey A. Sluka is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Massey University, New Zealand. Sluka was past Chair of the Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa/New Zealand. He is the 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).

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Table of Contents

About the Editors.

Editors' Acknowledgements.

Acknowledgements to Sources.

Fieldwork in Cultural Anthropology: An Introduction (Jeffrey A. Sluka an Antonius C. G. M. Robben).

Part I: Beginnings.

Introduction (Antonius C. G. M. Robben).

1. The Observation of Savage Peoples (Joseph-Marie Degerando).

2. The Methods of Ethnology (Franz Boas).

3. Method and Scope of Anthropological Fieldwork (Bronislaw Malinowski).

Part II: Fieldwork Identity.

Introduction (Antonius C.G. M. Robbven).

4. A Woman Going Native (Hortense Powdermaker).

5. Sex, Color, and Rites of Passage in Ethnographic Research (Norris Brock Johnson).

6. Walking the Fire Line: The Erotic Dimension of the Fieldwork Experience (Kate Altork).

7. Self-Conscious Anthropology (Anthony P. Cohen).

Part III: Fieldwork Relations and Rapport.

Introduction (Jeffrey A. Sluka).

8. Champukwi of the Village of the Tapirs (Charles Wagley).

9. Behind Many Masks: Ethnography and Impression Management (Gerald D. Berreman).

10. Ethnographic Seduction, Transference, and Resistance in Dialogues about Terror and Violence in Argentina (Antonius C.G. M. Robben).

Part IV: The "Other" Talks Back.

Introduction (Jeffrey A. Sluka).

11. Custer Died for Your Sins (Vinwe Deloria, Jr.).

12. Here Come the Anthros (Cecil King).

13. When They Read What the Papers Say We Wrote (Ofra Greenberg).

14. Ire in Ireland (Nancy Scheper-Hughes).

Part V: Fieldwork Conflicts, Hazards, and Dangers.

Introduction (Jeffrey A. Sluka).

15. Ethnology in a Revolutionary Setting (June Nash).

16. Human Hazards of Fieldwork (Nancy Howell).

17. War on the Front Lines (Crolyn Nordstrom).

18. Reflections on Managing Danger in Fieldwork: Dangerous Anthropology in Belfast (Jeffrey A. Sluka).

Part VI: Fieldwork Ethics.

Introduction (Jeffrey A. Sluka).

19. The Life and Death of Project Camelot (Irving Louis Horowitz).

20. Confronting the Ethics of Ethnography: Lessons From Fieldwork in Central America (Philippe Bourgois).

21. Ethics versus "Realism" in Anthropology (Gerald D. Berreman).

22. Healing Dilemmas (Donald Pollock).

23. Code of Ethics (American Anthropological Association).

Part VII: Multi-Sited Fieldwork.

Introduction (Antonius C.G.M. Robben).

24. Beyond "Culture": Space, Identity, and the Politics of Difference (Akhil Gupta and James Ferguson).

25. Afghanistan, Ethnography, and the New World Order (David B. Edwards).

26. Being There...and There...and There! Reflections on Multi-Site Ethnography (Ulf Hannerz).

27. Ethnography in/of Transnational Processes: Following Gyres in the Worlds of Big Science and European Integration (Stacia E. Zabusky).

Part VIII. Sensorial Fieldwork.

Introduction (Antonius C.G.M. Robben).

28. Balinese Character: A Photographic Analysis (Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead).

29. The Taste of Ethnographic Things (Paul Stoller and Cheryl Olkes).

30. Dialogic Editing: Interpreting How Kaluli Read Sound and Sentiment (Steven Feld).

31. Senses (Michacl Herzfeld).

Part IX: Reflective Ethnography.

Introduction (Antonius C.G.M. Robben).

32. Fieldwork and Friendship in Morocco (Paul Rabinow).

33. Tuhami: Portrait of a Moroccan (Vincent Crapanzano).

34. The Way Things Are Said (Jeanne Favret-Saada).

35. On Ethnographic Authority (James Clifford).

Part X: Fictive Fieldwork and Fieldwork Novels.

Introduction (Jeffrey A. Sluka).

36. Return to Laughter (Elenore Smith Bowen).

37. The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge (Carlos Castaneda).

38. Shabono: A True Adventure in the Remote and Magical Heart of the South American Jungle (Florinda Donner).

Appendix 1. Key Ethnographic, Sociological, Qualitative, and Multidisciplinary Fieldwork Methods Texts.

Appendix 2. Edited Cultural Anthropology Volumes on Fieldwork Experiences.

Appendix 3. Reflexive Accounts of Fieldwork and Ethnographies Which Include Accounts of Fieldwork.

Appendix 4. Leading Cultural Anthropology Fieldwork Methods Texts.

Appendix 5. Early and Classic Anthropological Writing son Fieldwork, including Diaries and Letters.




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