Returns to the Field

Returns to the Field

Multitemporal Research and Contemporary Anthropology

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Many anthropologists return to their original fieldwork sites a number of timesduring their careers, but this experience has seldom been subjected to analytic and theoreticalscrutiny. The contributors to Returns to the Field have all undertaken multitemporalfieldwork—repeated visits to the same place—over periods ranging from 20 to 40 yearsamong minority groups in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Melanesia. Over the years of contact,these anthropologists have witnessed dramatic changes, but also the perseverance of the people theyhave worked with. In vivid and personal essays, the authors examine the ramifications of this typeof fieldwork practice—the kind of knowledge it produces, what methodological tools areappropriate, and how relationships with people in the field site change over time.



Indiana University Press

Many anthropologists return to their original fieldwork sites a number of times during their careers, but this experience has seldom been subjected to analytic and theoretical scrutiny. The contributors to Returns to the Field have all undertaken multitemporal fieldwork—repeated visits to the same place—over periods ranging from 20 to 40 years among minority groups in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Melanesia. Over the years of contact, these anthropologists have witnessed dramatic changes, but also the perseverance of the people they have worked with. In vivid and personal essays, the authors examine the ramifications of this type of fieldwork practice—the kind of knowledge it produces, what methodological tools are appropriate, and how relationships with people in the field site change over time.



Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2012
ISBN: 9780253007360
0253007364
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 275 pages) : illustrations
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Additional Contributors: Howell, Signe
Talle, Aud 1944-

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