1st Edition

Constructing the Field Ethnographic Fieldwork in the Contemporary World

Edited By Vered Amit Copyright 2000

    Ethnographic fieldwork is traditionally seen as what distinguishes social and cultural anthropology from the other social sciences. This collection responds to the inte nsifying scrutiny of fieldwork in recent years. It challenges the idea of the necessity for the total immersion of the ethnographer in the field, and for the clear separation of professional and personal areas of activity. The very existence of 'the field' as an entity separate from everyday life is questioned.
    Fresh perspectives on contemporary fieldwork are provided by diverse case-studies from across North America and Europe. These contributions give a thorough appraisal of what fieldwork is and should be, and an extra dimension is added through fascinating accounts of the personal experiences of anthropologists in the field.

    List of contributors, 1 Introduction: constructing the field, 2 At ‘home’ and ‘away’: reconfiguring the field for late twentieth-century anthropology, 3 Home field advantage? Exploring the social construction of children’s sports, 4 Here and there: doing transnational fieldwork, 5 The narrative as fieldwork technique: processual ethnography for a world in motion, 6 ‘Informants’ who come ‘home’, 7 Phoning the field: meanings of place and involvement in fieldwork ‘at home’, 8 Access to a closed world: methods for a multilocale study on ballet as a career, 9 Locating yoga: ethnography and transnational Practice, Index


    Vered Amit