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Fieldwork Under Fire: Contemporary Studies of Violence and Culture

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Fieldwork Under Fire is a path-breaking collection of essays written by anthropologists who have experienced the unpredictability and trauma of political violence firsthand. These essays combine theoretical, ethnographic, and methodological points of view to illuminate the processes and solutions that characterize life in dangerous places. They describe the first, often harrowing, experience of violence, the personal and professional problems that arise as troubles escalate, and...

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Overview

Fieldwork Under Fire is a path-breaking collection of essays written by anthropologists who have experienced the unpredictability and trauma of political violence firsthand. These essays combine theoretical, ethnographic, and methodological points of view to illuminate the processes and solutions that characterize life in dangerous places. They describe the first, often harrowing, experience of violence, the personal and professional problems that arise as troubles escalate, and the often surprising creative strategies people use to survive.


In "writing violence," the authors give voice to all those affected by the conditions of violence: perpetrators as well as victims, civilians and specialists, black marketeers and heroes, jackals and researchers. Focusing on everyday experiences, these essays bring to light the puzzling contradictions of lives disturbed by violence: the simultaneous existence of laughter and suffering, of fear and hope. By doing so, they challenge the narrow conceptualization that associates violence with death and war, arguing that instead it must be considered a dimension of living.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780520089938
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 1/5/1996
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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Carolyn Nordstrom, Visiting Scholar in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is the editor of The Paths to Domination, Resistance, and Terror (California, 1992). Antonius C.G.M. Robben, Professor of Anthropology at Utrecht University, is the author of Sons of the Sea Goddess: Economic Practice and Discursive Conflict in Brazil (1989).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Anthroplogy and Ethnography of Violence and Sociopolitical Conflict 1
With Genet in the Palestinian Field 25
The Beginning of the End 42
Witnessing the 1989 Chinese People's Movement 62
The Politics of Truth and Emotion among Victims and Perpetrators of Violence 81
Living in a State of Fear 105
War on the Front Lines 129
Ethnography of the Ethnographer 155
The Croatian War Experience 186
The Anthropologist as Terrorist 206
Ethnographic States of Emergency 224
Myrna Mack 254
Reflections on an Antropologia Comprometida: Conversations with Ricardo Falla 261
Reflections on Managing Danger in Fieldwork: Dangerous Anthropology in Belfast 276
Contributors 295
Index 297
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