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Anthropologists in the field: cases in participant by Lynne Hume, Jane Mulcock

By Lynne Hume, Jane Mulcock

All too usually anthropologists and different social scientists pass into the sphere with unrealistic expectancies. diversified cultural milieus are major flooring for misunderstandings, misinterpretations, and interrelational difficulties. This publication is a superb creation to real-world ethnography, utilizing favourite and not-so-familiar cultures as circumstances. The publication covers player statement and ethnographic interviewing, either brief and long-term. those methodologies are open to difficulties resembling loss of verbal exchange, melancholy, hostility, threat, and ethical and moral dilemmas -- difficulties which are often sanitized for ebook and neglected within the curriculum. one of the fascinating subject matters lined are sexualized and violent environments, secrecy and disclosure, a number of roles and allegiances, insider/outsider concerns, and negotiating friendship and objectivity. (March'07 Vol. 17, No. 1)

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Its potential loss reminded me of its complex and sometimes positive nature as a place of work. Finally, I became intrigued by the conflict itself and despite my stubborn intention to research something, anything other than land disputes in Chiapas, I found myself drawn in. My personal political inclinations were once again called into question as I tried to understand the conflict. ” I met with the ejidatarios and their representative on numerous occasions. They were friendly, open, and very funny.

In part, my concerns stemmed from the potential contradictions between feminism and field research and the ways in which the development of rapport in the field can ironically put research subjects at “greater risk of exploitation, betrayal, and abandonment by the researcher” (Stacey 1988:21). I did not want to approach the women, but found that I did not have to. Many of them came to me. I was first approached by Magda and Adriana, who sat me down and instructed me on how to go about my research.

As the closest link between the sex workers and the city, I arranged for a private meeting between sex workers and the Director of Public Health, who was to make a rare visit to the Zone. The meeting, I hoped, would give the women the opportunity to voice many of their concerns directly to a government official. The meeting did not go as I had hoped: the most articulate and politically informed worker was not present and the workers complained less of the collective problems of service, mistreatment, and administration that they had spoken of to me, and focused more upon an ongoing dispute that some women had been having with Marco, a former male prostitute employed as a janitor, who also ran errands for sex workers.

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