Today we’re talking about the quintessential anthropological experience: fieldwork! We heeded your requests to do more casual episodes, so we’re answering questions about what the field is, what it’s like to go to the field, and other tips we have.

We start out with Zora Neale Hurston’s imagery of culture as a tight chemise and the spy-glass of anthropology. We discuss how we got to our research projects; how we define the field; ethnographies that inspired our fieldwork; tips, strategies and resources for getting through the difficult parts of field work; doing field work in the pandemic and the future of field work; maintaining boundaries; and what our next research project would be. Plus a little moment where the field and the podcast collide! 

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Discussed in this Episode

Dear Graduate Student… (Ashanté Reese, 2019)
Being Ethnographic: A Guide to the Theory and Practice of Ethnography (Raymond Madden, 2017)
Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes (Robert M. Emerson, Rachel I. Fretz, Linda L. Shaw, 2011)

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