Locating the Field: Space, Place and Context in Anthropology by Peter Collins;Simon Coleman

By Peter Collins;Simon Coleman

Are studies of the demise of traditional fieldwork in anthropology tremendously exaggerated? This ebook takes a severe examine the most recent advancements and key concerns in fieldwork. the character of "locality" itself is problematical for either learn topics and fieldworkers, for the reason that it now has to be maintained and represented relating to widening (and fragmenting) social frames and networks. Such advancements have raised questions about the nature of ethnographic presence and scales of comparability. From the social house of a cybercaf?©, to towns in India, the united kingdom and South Africa between others, this e-book includes a wide selection of ethnographic reviews that offer new methods of the options of "locality" and "site".

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I was aware of questions of personal safety, but less because I was a conspicuous outsider than because people in the neighbourhood were themselves a bit preoccupied with the threat of violence – the management of danger indeed became one research topic (cf. Hannerz 1981). Moreover, 26 • Ulf Hannerz I occasionally felt some dismay, especially early in fieldwork, about the hours I seemed to be wasting in semi-darkness, watching bad TV programmes with neighbourhood friends. Standard ethnographic practice in the 1960s was not yet about media use.

Low and D. Lawrence-Zúñiga (eds), The Anthropology of Space and Place: Locating Culture, Oxford: Blackwell. Malkki, L. (1992), ‘National Geographic: The Rooting of Peoples and the Territorialization of National Identity among Scholars and Refugees’, Cultural Anthropology 7 (1): 24–44. Malkki, L. (1997), ‘News and Culture: Transitory Phenomena and the Fieldwork Tradition’, in A. Gupta and J. ’ • 21 Boundaries and the Grounds of a Field Science, Berkeley: University of California Press. Marcus, G.

If, with the kind of influence that the departmental seminar supposedly represents in the reproduction of anthropological ideas (cf. Spencer 2000), all or most of what would be heard in it would be the voices from home, anthropology would seem to become much like other academic disciplines as normally constituted in European universities: sociology, history, cultural studies, political science or whatever. What has generally been an expansive discipline would for once be contracting. Here and there this may already be the situation.

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