The Shadow Side of Fieldwork: Exploring the Blurred Borders between Ethnography and Life
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
* Luminaries in anthropology dare to explore the 'unspeakable' and 'invisible' in the ethnographic encounter
* Considers personal and professional challenges (ethical, epistemological, and political) faced by researchers who examine the subjectivities inherent in their ethnographic insights
* Explores the value, and limitations, of addressing the personal in ethnographic research
* Includes a critical discussion of the anthropologist's self in the field
* Introduces imaginative rigor to ethnographic research to heighten confidence in anthropological knowledge
Foreword: In the Shadows: Anthropological Encounters with Modernity: Gillian Goslinga (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Gelya Frank (University of Southern California).
Introduction: 'Learn to Value your Shadow!': An Introduction to the Margins of Fieldwork: Annette Leibing (University of Montreal) and Athena McLean (Central Michigan University).
Part I: Secrecy and Silence in the Ethnographic Encounter:.
1. Out of the Shadows of History and Memory: Personal Family Narratives as Intimate Ethnography: Alisse Waterston (John Jay College of Criminal Justice) and Barbara Rylko-Bauer (Michigan State University).
2. When Things Get Personal: Secrecy and the Production of Experience in Fieldwork: Anne M. Lovell (National Institute for Research on Health and Medicine, Marseille).
Part II: Transmutations of Experience: Approaching the Reality of Shadows:.
3. The Scene: Shadowing the Real: Vincent Crapanzano (CUNY Graduate Center).
4. Transmutation of Sensibilities: Empathy, Intuition, Revelation: Thomas Csordas (University of California, San Diego).
Part III: Epistemic Shadows:.
5. Shining a Light into the Shadow of Death: Terminal Care Discourse and Practice in the Late Twentieth Century: Jason Szabo (Harvard University).
6. The Hidden Side of the Moon or, 'Lifting Out' in Ethnography: Annette Leibing (University of Montreal).
Part IV: The Politics of Ethnographic Encounter: Negotiating Power in the Shadow:.
7. The Gray Zone: Nancy Scheper-Hughes (University of California, Berkeley).
8. Others within Us: Collective Identity, Positioning and Displacement: Meira Weiss (Hebrew University of Jerusalem).
9. Falling into Fieldwork: Lessons from a Desperate Search for Survival: Rose-Marie Chierici (SUNY Geneseo).
Part V: Blurred Borders in the Ethnographic Encounter of Self and Other:.
10. Field Research on the Run: One More (from) for the Road: Dimitris Papageorgiou (University of the Aegean).
11. Intimate Travels through Otherness: Ellen Corin (McGill University).
12. When the Border of Research and Personal Life become Blurred: Thorny Issues in Conducting Dementia Research: Athena McLean (Central Michigan University).
Annette Leibing is an anthropologist with research interests in psychiatry, aging (especially Alzheimer), medications, and new medical technologies (such as stem cells). She has taught anthropology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and been a visiting professor in Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University (2002–05). She is Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology at the University of Montreal. Her latest book, co-edited with Lawrence Cohen, is Thinking about Dementia: Culture, Loss, and the Anthropology of Senility (2006).
- Luminaries in anthropology dare to explore the 'unspeakable' and 'invisible' in the ethnographic encounter
- Considers personal and professional challenges (ethical, epistemological, and political) faced by researchers who examine the subjectivities inherent in their ethnographic insights
- Explores the value, and limitations, of addressing the personal in ethnographic research
- Includes a critical discussion of the anthropologist’s self in the field
- Introduces imaginative rigor to ethnographic research to heighten confidence in anthropological knowledge
"There are some fabulous papers in here: thought provoking, stimulating, well-written, clever papers." (Anthropological Forum, July 2009)"Eye opening, provocative, and politically charged, this timely volume will change the ways you think about objects of knowledge and the means and ethics of knowing."
João Biehl, Princeton University
"With a multi-faceted play on the concept of shadow, these fine essays together redeem and clarify the so-called reflexive turn in anthropology, showing how the deeply personal in fieldwork is integral to the kind of quirky curiosity on which ethnographic knowledge so distinctively depends."
George Marcus, University of California, Irvine
"With uncommon candor, the remarkable ethnographers of The Shadow Side of Fieldwork interrogate some of the most pressing ethical and theoretical issues of writing culture in the present moment. Their often moving accounts of close encounters with themselves in their fieldwork contexts, and their understanding of how these encounters shape anthropology’s project of ethical connection with persons and worlds beyond, and within, our own, invites the discipline into new realms of inquiry, and excites deeper engagement with the paradoxes and anxieties of intersubjective research. A remarkable undertaking, all told."
Debbora Battaglia, Mount Holyoke College