Being There

Being There : Fieldwork in Anthropology

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This book draws on the experience of international anthropologists from Italy, the Himalayas, Northern England, Bangladesh and Indonesia. Being There examines the close relationships 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 13.97mm | 267.62g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745314929
  • 9780745314921
  • 2,340,178

Table of contents


1. Fictions of Fieldwork: Depicting the `Self' in Ethnographic Writing (Italy) by Cris Shore (Goldsmiths College, London)

2. Location and Relocation: Home, `The Field' and Anthropological Ethics (Sylhet, Bangladesh) by Katy Gardner (University of Sussex)

3. On Ethnographic Experience: Formative and Informative (Nias, Indonesia) by Andrew Beatty (Wolfson College, Oxford)

4. Learning to be Friends: Participant Observation amongst English School children (the North of England) by Allison James (University of Hull)

5. The End in the Beginning: New Year at Rizong (The Himalayas)by Anna Grimshaw (University of Manchester)

6. A Diminishment: a Death in the Field (Kerinci, Indonesia) by C.W. Watson

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A good read. -- Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
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About C. W. Watson

C.W. Watson teaches in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He is editor (with Roy F. Ellen) of Understanding Witchcraft and Sorcery in Southeast Asia (1994) and is the author of Kinship, Property and Inheritance in Kerinci, Central Sumatra (1994).
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