An anthropologist’s “gaze”

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When anthropologists look at the world, we interpret what we see differently than do others. This is neither good nor bad — it just is, little grasshopper. Years of indoctrination into the paradigms and methodologies of our discipline irreparably alters what’s referred … Continue reading

First Fieldwork, It all comes together

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By September of 2009, I’d transcribed (with the aid of an assistant) and translated (with the help of my husband) the ethnographic interviews from the Andalusian dialect of my participants to English. I had more than enough data, but there … Continue reading

First fieldwork, Things get (even more) complicated

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Panicked by a lack of data and the deferral, I scrambled to salvage the project. After reflecting upon my progress (or lack thereof), the time it had taken to get where I was (which was, basically, nowhere), and what the … Continue reading

First fieldwork, Things get complicated

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I’d like to say that I finished my fieldwork, completed my analyses, wrote up my findings and then triumphantly published that book, all in quick succession. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened. I visited the NGO following that initial meeting to … Continue reading

First fieldwork, Entering the field

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Our atico was located far from the neighborhood in which most of my study population had settled – about a 40 minute bus ride away. In fact, there were remarkably few immigrants at all in my homogenous (and notoriously blue-collar … Continue reading

First fieldwork, Preparations

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For many anthropologists, the fieldwork that culminates in their Ph.D. dissertation represents a first attempt at long-term cultural immersion. While that first experience presents many opportunities, such as proving your capacity as a scientific observer and your ability to design, … Continue reading