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Anthropological Journeys: Reflections on Fieldwork

Meenakshi Thapan (Editor)
Synopsis The collection of papers raises methodological issues and questions concerning the traditional nature of anthropology, and addresses current issues and debates in sociology and social anthropology. As a discipline social anthropology grew out of the colonial interaction between western colonisers and the colonised 'others'. Increasingly, social anthropologists especially from the once colonised world have questioned the appropriateness of a discipline that objectifies the people it studies, and the validity of the data generated by such an approach. Interacting with a different community--or even with the community of one's birth--raises problems of subjectivity and objectivity, the nature of a social science and so on. It also confronts the fieldworker with the problem of how the researched subjects are to be perceived, how their voices and views may be inscribed into the anthropological text, and how, also the researcher might, through the experience of fieldwork begin to perceive her/himself. The essays in this volume, by well known anthropologists take up these and other issues arising out of their own fieldwork experience. The result is a rigorous and deeply moving analysis that leads to an unlearning of inappropriate and insensitive methods that obscure rather than explain the lives of people.
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About the author

Meenakshi Thapan

Meenakshi Thapan is Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. She was earlier a Professor at the Department of Education, University of Delhi (1989-2002) and a Fellow of the Centre for Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (1993-95). Professor Thapan was elected the first C.R. Parekh Visiting Fellow at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University (1998) and was a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Sociology, University of Chicago (1995). she has previously published Life at School: An Ethnographic Study and has edited Embodiment: Essays on Gender and Identity and Anthropological Journeys: Reflections of Fieldwork. She has also contributed essays to edited volumes and published research articles in professional journals in India and abroad.

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Bibliographic information

Title Anthropological Journeys: Reflections on Fieldwork
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8125012214
length ix+320p., 23cm.