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1st Edition

Ethnographic Encounters

ISBN 9781847884169
Published August 1, 2009 by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

Violence takes many forms. From large-scale acts of terrorism to assaults on single individuals, violence is a defining force in shaping human experience and a central theme in anthropological study. Violence: Ethnographic Encounters presents a set of vivid first-hand accounts of fieldwork experiences of violence. The examples range across Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and illustrate instances of state terror, insurgency, communal violence, war, prison violence, class conflict, security measures, and sexual violence. How do these anthropologists come to know a place through such violent experience? Why do they not leave such scenes? What insights follow from such experience? Violence: Ethnographic Encounters offers readers a broad anthropological study of violence through personal encounters.

Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsNotes on ContributorsPreface, John BornemanIntroduction, Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi1Written on My Body, Billie Jean Isbell2Bandh in Ahmedabad, Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi3Fieldwork and Fear in Iraqi Kurdistan, Diane E. King 4The Sense of War Songs, Bilinda Straight5Sleeping with One Eye Open, Kristen Drybread6Hell of a Party, Brenda Maiale7Arriving in Jewish Buenos Aires, Natasha Zaretsky8Dreamwork and Punishment in Lebanon, John Borneman9Unwelcomed and Unwelcoming Encounter, Annarose Pandey10Guide to Further Reading, Parvis Ghassem-FachandiBibliographyIndex

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Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University, USA.


Compelling, riveting reading that will prove important to researchers. - J.B. Wolford, CHOICE Magazine