Fieldwork under Fire Contemporary Studies of Violence and Survival

ISBN-10: 0520089944
ISBN-13: 9780520089945
Edition: 1995
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/5/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 306
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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.

Antonius C. G. M. Robben is Professor of Anthropology at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and past President of the Netherlands Society of Anthropology. His recent books are Cultures under Siege: Collective Violence and Trauma (edited with Marcelo Sufrez-Orozco, 2000) and Political Violence and Trauma in Argentina (2005).

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

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