The Shadow Side of Fieldwork: Exploring the Blurred Borders between Ethnography and Life
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).
"There are some fabulous papers in here: thought provoking, stimulating, well-written, clever papers." (Anthropological Forum, July 2009)
- 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