Fieldwork, Ethic and Anthropology


Fieldwork, Ethic and Anthropology

Discuss fieldwork, ethics on methods and tools of the anthropological trade. Every fieldworker has been faced with questions regarding their own work and how they should proceed. This group should also used as an introduction to fieldwork issues.

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Comment by Khari La Marca on June 9, 2009 at 2:04pm
My current research (dissertation research) is on memories of the 1948 Nakba in the West Bank, Palestine. I have not gone to undertake this yet, but rather, I have been conducting exploratory research on memory in Zanzibar where I am looking at memories of men and women who experienced the 1964 Zanzibar Revolution. I've been here in Tanzania for almost 1 1/2 years now.
Comment by Greta Kliewer on June 5, 2009 at 4:21am
Hello all! My own fieldwork has been very limited so I expect I will be learning more from you all than you will from me, but I'm always up for a friendly conversation. :) My only fieldwork was over 3 weeks last summer on the island of Gozo, Malta, looking into how tourism has affected the role of bread and the bakery in the Maltese community. I wanted to see how such a staple of the local diet (and a culinary claim to fame) has been impacted by outside sources, and how that has affected Gozitan identity. Looking forward to hearing more from everyone!
Comment by Denice Szafran on June 4, 2009 at 8:40pm
Francine, I would like to pick your brain on methodology. I am undertaking my PhD research next spring, looking at play, performance, and politically embodied public space as expressed by digitally instigated groups in real space, and it is a methodological labyrinth. This discussion of fieldwork and ethics is a good idea, and something we really need to do.
Comment by Francine Barone on June 4, 2009 at 8:06pm
Hi Vitor,

I conducted 15 months of PhD fieldwork (2007-9) exploring the impact of new technologies on communication and perspectives of modernization in Catalan society. Both the urban setting of my fieldwork and the "digital" nature of my research entailed complex methodological and ethical concerns in data gathering. I'm interested in web-based ethnographic methods (not only on their own, but together with corresponding/complementary 'on the ground' equivalents) as I believe they are becoming more and more relevant to anthropology as a whole. For instance, what does it mean for informed consent, anonymity and responsibility to participants when aspects of your engagements are indexed by Google?

I look forward to interesting discussions here.

Comment by Vitor Emanuel Ribeiro Teixeira on June 4, 2009 at 7:26pm
Welcome to all!
Please leave a comment with some information about your current or past fieldwork experience for the rest of the group!
I'll start:

Current research is on the construction of violent social actors. Fieldwork nowadays resumes to interviewing violent juveniles, convicted violent criminals and building the life stories of some of them. Also includes spending some time on the communities these subjects are from and learn by direct experience some of the pressures they may have been subjected too. (its a resumed fieldwork, but i hope you get the point)
Former experience includes 8 month in Cairo, Illinois, working alongside architect students and professors on a reconstruction plan for that ghost-town. My work here was basically do a little ethnography of the remaining population and community, and help to adapt the architectural projects to that specific community.

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