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Reflecting the “Field”

Two Vepsian Villages and three Researchers

Laura Siragusa and Madis Arukask

In this article we problematize the concept of the “field” in social research, stemming from and expanding the discussion presented in the introduction to this issue. We demonstrate that for social researchers a field site transcends the

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Dmitry V. Arzyutov and Sergei A. Kan

One of the fundamental principles of anthropology is that it is based on fieldwork. 1 It is the field that “helps define anthropology as a discipline in both senses of the word, constructing a space of possibilities while at the same time drawing

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Traversing Fields

Affective Continuities across Muslim and Christian Settings in Berlin

Omar Kasmani and Dominik Mattes

prayer gatherings in these two religious settings as a way to capture locally specific workings of affect and sensation. At the same time, we wish to evoke affect's potential for traversing fields. Even though we have individually conducted fieldwork in

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On the character of character

An immodest proposal

James D. Faubion

Any revival of the anthropology of character (or its companion concept, ‘personality’) should avoid five chief faults of what has come before. First, it must be more cautious than many examples of the anthropology of character past in taking for granted that character can be generalised to the level of the ‘national’. Second, it should not fall back on a general psychology – whether of temperament or of the strategic actor. Third, it should take the complexity of character – from its embodiment and re‐embodiment in the individual to the plural and often competing and inconsistent collective demands of the formation of character that any given individual in any collective context must face – as its point of departure. Fourth, it should not privilege the homeostasis of the reproduction of character over the dynamics of the alteration of character. Fifth, it should avoid the anthropic as the only or even the chief domain of which judgements of character might be of anthropological interest. All of these requirements can potentially be met in approaching the analysis of character through extrapolating system‐theoretically from the logic of the Bourdieusian field.

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From behind stall doors

Farming the Eastern German countryside in the animal welfare era

Amy Leigh Field

counterparts. Bright yellow rapeseed, or the basis for canola oil ( Rapsöl ), is grown on broad tracts of land during the spring, where there are very few trees and even fewer birds. Large, fuel-thirsty tractors and other machinery drive up and down fields in

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Field Notes and Reading Notes

Studying with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett in the 1990s

Nélia Dias

“Attend and document at least one Halloween event during the next two weeks. Take field notes on the event. You may also use video, audio, and photographic techniques.” 1 That was one of the requirements of Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett's class

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João Pina-Cabral

seventeenth century, which sits at the bottom of the valley, right above some especially fertile irrigated fields: ‘And whose is that house?’ ‘Oh, nowadays, it belongs to a local man … ’ but one can immediately sense that, as the questions become specific

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No Sabras in the Fields?

Sabra Artists in The Cameri Theatre, 1945–1953

Leah Gilula

the Diaspora. 6 That image of the sabra was both idealized and criticized in the arts. A fine example of the double-edged representation appears in the novel Hu Halach Basadot (He walked through the fields) by a young sabra author, Moshe Shamir

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Felix Girke

In his poem “Leaving the Field,” published in Antipodes , anthropologist Michael Jackson (1996: 15) evokes the anticipation, unease, and conflicted positionality of the moments just before departure: Snatching at images in my last hours

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Ekaterina B. Tolmacheva

Field, and particularly ethnographic and anthropological, photography, began to develop in Russia in the 1870s. A particular surge of interest in visual documentation of culture can be traced back to an ethnographic exhibition held in Moscow in 1867