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Introduction to “Long-Term Fieldwork”

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This special issue presents new, original essays by anthropologists who have spent a great deal of time carrying out fieldwork in a variety of ways and under many different conditions. Their ways of doing long-term fieldwork vary from revisiting the same community to doing multisited fieldwork to gain a broader comparative perspective in the discipline of anthropology. The authors wrestle with the meaning of their work after observing the people they befriended and studied undergo sometimes-devastating changes, suffering deep life-changing experiences themselves, and witnessing controversies over the value of doing and writing ethnography.

Keywords: change; ethnography; long-term fieldwork; methodology; theory

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Lewis Audenreid Professor of History and Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA 17603 2: Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805

Publication date: June 1, 2011


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