The Serendipity of Anthropological Practice

in Volume 27 (2018): Issue 1 (Mar 2018): In Memoriam Ina-Maria Greverus
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Is fieldwork as anthropologists do it simply a method among others? This article disagrees, drawing on the concept of “serendipity” as introduced by German scholar Ina-Maria Greverus. Beyond the prescribed way of any method, anthropology’s specificity articulates as “discovery”, in this case: an unexpected discovery of remains of the Soviet past in Estonia, through the author’s family life.