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By Lynne Hume, Jane Mulcock

All too usually anthropologists and different social scientists move into the sphere with unrealistic expectancies. various cultural milieus are leading flooring for misunderstandings, misinterpretations, and interrelational difficulties. This ebook is a wonderful advent to real-world ethnography, utilizing regularly occurring and not-so-familiar cultures as instances. The ebook covers player remark and ethnographic interviewing, either brief and long-term. those methodologies are open to difficulties resembling loss of conversation, melancholy, hostility, hazard, and ethical and moral dilemmas -- difficulties which are frequently sanitized for book and neglected within the curriculum. one of the exciting themes lined are sexualized and violent environments, secrecy and disclosure, a number of roles and allegiances, insider/outsider matters, and negotiating friendship and objectivity. (March'07 Vol. 17, No. 1)

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Though with time the stigma had less of a hold on me, throughout the year it impacted on my actions and words. In Chiapas, and throughout much of Mexico, the gringa (foreign woman) is believed by many to be a highly sexual creature, and, in Tuxtla, a gringa who also has chosen to do work in the Zone could be accused of morbosidad, morbid perversity. While close friends knew the nature of my research, I often lied to neighbors and casual acquaintances, replying to their inquiries about my work with vague references to public health and social science.

After many meals together, it slowly began to dawn on me that perhaps my dear friend was keeping the phone number from me so that we could continue to lunch together. Maybe he hoped for more than my company and chicken in pumpkin seed sauce. I grew agitated and finally kindly but 6 POSITIONED ENGAGEMENTS firmly told him that I desperately needed to begin my fieldwork and that if he was not going to help me I would have to leave Tuxtla and work somewhere else. This was untrue but effective. By the next day I had an appointment with the Zone’s head doctor.

The older monks were by and large comfortable with the fact that they were humble sinners who stood in need of God’s grace, just like everyone else; they were willing to admit to failings both trivial (one old brother told me with a rueful sigh that he occasionally filches an extra cup of pudding for dessert) and serious (one senior member of the community told a very detailed story to explain why he harbored an angry grudge against a former, now retired abbot—a narrative for which he asked me to turn off the tape recorder).

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