Communicating Anthropology

Writing, screening, and exhibiting culture

Authored by: Paul Basu

The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Anthropology

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415583954
eBook ISBN: 9781315743950
Adobe ISBN: 9781317590675

10.4324/9781315743950.ch7

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Abstract

In the popular disciplinary imagination, “doing anthropology” is often equated with the idea of doing anthropological fieldwork and conjures up images of journeying to faraway places, negotiating the social mores of people whose languages we might only have a rudimentary grasp of, putting into practice our celebrated method of participant-observation, and jotting down fieldnotes in stolen moments. Despite the fact that many of us now work “at home” as well as “away,” in our own languages, and in multi-sited “fields” across which we track the flows and frictions of global processes and migrations, we are still caught up in the adventure of ethnographic research.

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