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Dispatches from the Field: Neophyte Ethnographers in a by Andrew Gardner,David M. Hoffman

By Andrew Gardner,David M. Hoffman

Penned by way of complicated graduate scholars amidst their dissertation fieldwork, those provocative essays trap the demanding situations and intricacies of that anthropological ceremony of passage. The collection’s authors frankly painting the blunders they made within the box, their fight to investigate the occasions unfolding ahead of their eyes, the mental and emotional frustration likely endemic to “doing” ethnography, and the moral complexities of gaining knowledge of residing humans. The authors current those essays no longer as types of perfect fieldwork or as a chain of classes approximately tips on how to triumph over capability hurdles one faces within the box, yet particularly as a window into the complexities of “being” an ethnographer within the modern global. opposed to a backdrop of topic populations more and more knowledgeable approximately worldwide kin of energy and, extra in particular, expert in regards to the topography of yankee imperialism, those humanistic essays vividly mirror contemporary shifts in either the point of interest and strategies of anthropological learn, in addition to the dilemmas underlying the development of anthropological wisdom. they're intended to spark dialogue and debate. whereas adapted to an viewers rather new to ethnographic fieldwork (and meant as a educating tool), this assortment may still entice anthropologists and ethnographers in any respect issues of their career.

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