The Shadow Side of Fieldwork: Exploring the Blurred Borders between Ethnography and Life / Edition 1

The Shadow Side of Fieldwork: Exploring the Blurred Borders between Ethnography and Life / Edition 1

by Athena McLean
     
 

The Shadow Side of Fieldwork draws attention to typically hidden or unacknowledged aspects of ethnographic research that nevertheless shape knowledge, texts, and methodologies. These are the invisible, unspoken, elusive, and mysterious areas where life and research overlap, private experiences and formal ethnography blur, and research boundaries seem to

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The Shadow Side of Fieldwork draws attention to typically hidden or unacknowledged aspects of ethnographic research that nevertheless shape knowledge, texts, and methodologies. These are the invisible, unspoken, elusive, and mysterious areas where life and research overlap, private experiences and formal ethnography blur, and research boundaries seem to dissolve.

Containing essays by such variedluminaries as Nancy Scheper-Hughes and Vincent Crapanzano, among others, this book penetrates a variety of shadows in ethnographic field encounters. The authors recount personal and professional challenges that led them to confront the complex sources or paradoxical nature of their insights. By turning attention to the shadow sides of fieldwork and thoroughly exploring what they find there, the writers, as responsible researchers, strengthenconfidence in ethnographic knowledge. The Shadow Side of Fieldwork helps students and scholars to understand the submerged influences inherent in their research, and is essential reading for anyone involved in ethnographic fieldwork.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405169813
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/21/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Dedication.

Acknowledgements.

Contributors.

Foreword: In the Shadows: Anthropological Encounters with Modernity: Gillian Goslinga (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Gelya Frank (University of Southern California).

Introduction: 'Learn to Value your Shadow!': An Introduction to the Margins of Fieldwork: Annette Leibing (University of Montreal) and Athena McLean (Central Michigan University).

Part I: Secrecy and Silence in the Ethnographic Encounter:.

1. Out of the Shadows of History and Memory: Personal Family Narratives as Intimate Ethnography: Alisse Waterston (John Jay College of Criminal Justice) and Barbara Rylko-Bauer (Michigan State University).

2. When Things Get Personal: Secrecy and the Production of Experience in Fieldwork: Anne M. Lovell (National Institute for Research on Health and Medicine, Marseille).

Part II: Transmutations of Experience: Approaching the Reality of Shadows:.

3. The Scene: Shadowing the Real: Vincent Crapanzano (CUNY Graduate Center).

4. Transmutation of Sensibilities: Empathy, Intuition, Revelation: Thomas Csordas (University of California, San Diego).

Part III: Epistemic Shadows:.

5. Shining a Light into the Shadow of Death: Terminal Care Discourse and Practice in the Late Twentieth Century: Jason Szabo (Harvard University).

6. The Hidden Side of the Moon or, 'Lifting Out' in Ethnography: Annette Leibing (University of Montreal).

Part IV: The Politics of Ethnographic Encounter: Negotiating Power in the Shadow:.

7. The Gray Zone: Nancy Scheper-Hughes (University of California, Berkeley).

8. Others within Us: Collective Identity, Positioning and Displacement: Meira Weiss (Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

9. Falling into Fieldwork: Lessons from a Desperate Search for Survival: Rose-Marie Chierici (SUNY Geneseo).

Part V: Blurred Borders in the Ethnographic Encounter of Self and Other:.

10. Field Research on the Run: One More (from) for the Road: Dimitris Papageorgiou (University of the Aegean).

11. Intimate Travels through Otherness: Ellen Corin (McGill University).

12. When the Border of Research and Personal Life become Blurred: Thorny Issues in Conducting Dementia Research: Athena McLean (Central Michigan University).

Index

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