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“I Showed You What I Thought Was Appropriate”

Reflections on Longitudinal Ethnographic Research and the Performativity of Dutch Gang Life

Robert A. Roks

longitudinal ethnography is not uncommon among anthropologists, its “methodological ramifications are rarely explicitly considered.” Therefore, my central goal in this article is to illustrate the ambiguities and complexities of building and maintaining

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Times of Violence

The Shifting Temporalities of Long-Term Ethnographic Engagement with Burundi

Simon Turner

present. It also affects our abilities to imagine futures, creating anxieties but also hope as unstable means to propel oneself toward the negative and positive potentialities of unknown futures. My longitudinal ethnography allowed me to explore the ways

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The Longitudinal Ethnography of Violence

Lidewyde H. Berckmoes, Marie Rosenkrantz Lindegaard, and Dennis Rodgers

properly, or conversely, might be more amenable to—and impact upon—the possibility of longitudinal investigation. This special section focuses specifically on the ramifications of longitudinality for the ethnography of violence. Longitudinal ethnographic

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Telling Tales?

Subjective Ethnography and Situated Narratives in Longitudinal Research on Violence in Nicaragua

Dennis Rodgers

there exists a widespread presupposition that even subjective “data” is immutable, and that it remains constant once collected. This is perhaps especially clear in relation to longitudinal ethnographic research, insofar as this is generally considered to

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Susan Crate

This article explores how a community’s perceptions of a changing climate may shift over time, and the ways in which certain cultural predilections emerge in the process. Through replicating the same focus group method with Viliui Sakha in 2008 and again in 2018, the analysis reveals both continuity in cited changes as well as new emergent ones. Following this comparative exercise, the article further probes two culturally specific phenomena: how some inhabitants continue to attribute change to a long-disproven driver, de facto perpetuating a cultural myth, and how others expressed starkly contrasting perceptions of change. For both, the analysis reveals the importance of using a cultural framing founded in a people’s vernacular knowledge system with a focus on historical precedence for the former case, and on sacred beliefs for the latter.

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Wendy Luttrell

This paper is based on longitudinal, ethnographic research with young people from ages 10-18 growing up in urban, low-income, immigrant communities of color and how they represented their everyday lives and family-school relationships through photography and video. The author analyzes the similarities and differences between the boys’ and girls’ perceptions, participation in, and representations of their care worlds and how this shapes their identities. The article features the themes of love, care and solidarity that were central to the boys’ understandings and identities, re-casting widely held assumptions about the crisis of Black boyhood that preoccupy current educational discourse.

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An Ethnography of Change in Northeastern Siberia

Whither an Interdisciplinary Role?

Susan A. Crate

Using longitudinal ethnographic material, anthropologists are skilled to discern how change, in its many forms, interacts with the livelihoods of affected communities. Furthermore, multi-sited ethnography can show how local change is both a result of global to local phenomena and of origins affecting similar local contexts. Ethnographic material is therefore critical to interdisciplinary understandings of change. Through case study in native villages in north-eastern Siberia, Russia, this article argues for ethnography's unique capacity to understand change. In addition, it argues for ethnography's much-needed contribution in interdisciplinary efforts to account for attributes of global change both highly local and human.

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Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Children in the Middle East

Erika Friedl and Abderrahmane Moussaoui

that hosts large numbers of refugees and migrants from the Middle East. Erik van Ommering, in a longitudinal ethnographic study of school children in Lebanon, provides insight into how these children evaluate their situation in a country that is

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War Veterans and the Construction of Citizenship Categories

Nikkie Wiegink, Ralph Sprenkels, and Birgitte Refslund Sørensen

political context can fundamentally impact veterans’ struggles, as is also evident in various other contributions (i.e., Sprenkels; Van Roekel and Salvi; Wilson) and draws attention to the value of multi-temporal and longitudinal ethnographic fieldwork in

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Changing Narratives of Intimate Partner Violence

A Longitudinal Photo-Ethnography

Heith Copes, Lindsay Leban, and Jared Ragland

for understanding the lives of people who are victimized by crime. Longitudinal ethnographies are well suited to study narrative change because they allow for the ability to see changes over time. Accordingly, to understand how narratives relating to