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Anthropologists in the Field Cases in Participant Observation

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ISBN-10: 0231130058

ISBN-13: 9780231130059

Edition: 2004

Authors: Lynne Hume, Jane Mulcock

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All too often anthropologists and other social scientists go into the field with unrealistic expectations. Different cultural milieus are prime ground for misunderstandings, misinterpretations, and interrelational problems. This book is an excellent introduction to real-world ethnography, using familiar and not-so-familiar cultures as cases. The book covers participant observation and ethnographic interviewing, both short and long term. These methodologies are open to problems such as lack of communication, depression, hostility, danger, and moral and ethical dilemmas -- problems that are usually sanitized for publication and ignored in the curriculum. Among the intriguing topics covered are sexualized and violent environments, secrecy and disclosure, multiple roles and allegiances, insider/outsider issues, and negotiating friendship and objectivity.
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Book details

List price: $36.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/14/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Lynne Hume is associate professor in The School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. Jane Mulcock is a postdoctoral fellow in anthropology and sociology at the University of Western Australia.

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Ethical Engagements Awkward Intimacies: Prostitution, Politics, and Fieldwork in Urban Mexico
Multi-sited Engagements Disclosure and Interaction in a Monastery
Going Beyond "The West" and "The Rest": Conducting Non-Western, Non-Native Ethnography in Northern Thailand
Multiple Roles, Statuses and Allegiances: Exploring the Ethnographic Process in Disability Culture
He's Not a Spy, He's One of Us: Ethnographic Positioning in a Middle-class Setting
Dissent and Consent: Negotiating the Adoption Triangle
Doing Ethnography in 'One's Own Ethnic Community': The Experience of an Awkward Insider
"And I Can't feel at Home in this World Anymore": Fieldwork in Two Settings
"Yo, bitch..." and Other Challenges: Bringing High-risk Ethnography into the Discourse
Reflections on Fieldwork Amongst Kenyan Heroin Users
Closed Doors: Ethical Issues with Prison Ethnography
Living in Sheds: Suicide, Friendship and Research Among the Tiwi
Performing and Constructing Research as Guesthood in the Study of Religions
Not Quite at Home: Field Envy and New Age Ethnographic Dis-ease
Multi-sited transnational ethnography and the shifting construction of fieldwork
Multi-sited Methodologies: "Homework" between Australia, Fiji and Kiribati