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Dmitry V. Arzyutov and Sergei A. Kan

’s students conducted fieldwork, many of them among North American Indians. 4 “Although Boas’[s] fieldwork included a certain amount of ‘ participant observation ,’ his primary research technique was the collection of ‘texts’—that is to say, of traditional

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Annika Strauss

. Including sensuality and reflexivity in teaching social anthropology Social anthropology and its central method, participant observation, implies doing ethnography with all the researcher’s senses: ‘The ethnographer’s body, and the sensations it records

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Jonathan Parry

This piece tells the story of a disturbing episode in the author's relationship with the field. Though the details are unique, the kind of ethical dilemmas it documents must be in some form or other part of the experience of a great many anthropologists – though such stories are seldom set down in print. These dilemmas include the balance we strike between participation and observation, and between the moral commitments we have as private individuals and our (no less moral) commitment as anthropologists to report on our ethnography in as impartial and objective a way as is possible. Central to this particular story is the anthropologist's relationship with his research assistant over more than two decades, and it tells of the latter's involvement in various human rights campaigns, his arrest, imprisonment and on-going trial on vaguely specified charges. I reflect on the way in which these events have affected my subsequent fieldwork and on the way I have written up. It is the story of a friendship and of a genuine intellectual collaboration between the anthropologist and anthropologist's research assistant that is probably not so uncommon but is seldom fully reflected in the ethnographies we read.

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A Bridge over Troubled Waters, or What a Difference a Day Makes

From the Drama of Production to the Production of Drama

Ronald Frankenberg

Gluckman's paper, "The Bridge," challenged received social anthropology, initially in segregated South Africa, at the LSE, and more generally, by illustrating that professional observers and participants in social situations are profoundly mutually interinvolved with one another despite wide cultural differences. While retracing his own history within it, the present writer relates this new anthropology to the methods of modernist literature (and to changing natural science approaches) in which writers such as Joyce and Woolf, and more recent successors, revealed the culture of an epoch in the closely analyzed incidents of even a single day. They paralleled Freud's methods in psychoanalysis and the specific analyses of discrete political situations in Marx, as well as in later developments of television, film, and the visual arts. After Gluckman's move to the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute, Oxford, and finally Manchester, he and his colleagues and students are shown as developing this interpretive method in very varied contexts.

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Are Inexpensive Solutions Affordable?

Bio-Sand Water Filters and Improved Wood Stoves in San Miguel Totonicapán

Matthew Krystal

textiles produced by its members. This collaboration eventually shifted to community-engaged research dedicated to the sale of bio-sand drinking water filters and improved wood stoves. This article began with and draws on participant observation conducted

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Elite ethnography in an insecure place

The methodological implications of “studying up” in Pakistan

Rosita Armytage

exacerbate the challenges of undertaking participant observation with the most powerful members of society, particularly in contexts of instability. Elites are often intensely private groups that are difficult for researchers to access ( Gilding 2010

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Bayla Ostrach

system; with other key informants in the sexual and reproductive health NGO sector; and through participant observation. Just over a quarter of the women surveyed in 2012–2013 (28 per cent of a total sample of 350) waited longer to receive the health

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Joseph J. Long

resident researcher. The article explores the possibilities of situated research as a means to foster critical reflection on autism support practice. In particular, I emphasise anthropology's primary heuristic of participant observation as a method through

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In Pursuit of Masculinity

On Aging Bodies, Migration and Youthful Masculinities

Usman Mahar

, the initial semi-structured interviews gave me the opportunity to gather material that I could use for ethnosemantic elicitation at later points of my interlocution with my informant. Participant observation was carried out in addition to the

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Plans, Changes, Improvisations

Navigating Research on the Fertility Quests of Mozambican Women and Men

Inês Faria

through fieldwork terrains. This idea was later complemented by another teacher's impression of ethnographic fieldwork, this time at the University of Amsterdam, who described participant observation as ‘deep hanging out’, an expression first used by