By Lynne Hume, Jane Mulcock
All too frequently anthropologists and different social scientists cross into the sphere with unrealistic expectancies. varied cultural milieus are major floor for misunderstandings, misinterpretations, and interrelational difficulties. This publication is a superb creation to real-world ethnography, utilizing well-known and not-so-familiar cultures as circumstances. The e-book covers player statement and ethnographic interviewing, either brief and long-term. those methodologies are open to difficulties reminiscent of loss of conversation, melancholy, hostility, threat, and ethical and moral dilemmas -- difficulties which are often sanitized for e-book and overlooked within the curriculum. one of the interesting subject matters coated are sexualized and violent environments, secrecy and disclosure, a number of roles and allegiances, insider/outsider concerns, and negotiating friendship and objectivity. (March'07 Vol. 17, No. 1)
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I also learned that I, a foreigner, an anthropologist, a feminist, an outsider, was not immune to the powerful effects of stigma, and I recognized how potentially devastating those effects could be. Many awkward but productive moments were generated by my identity as a young woman new to the brothel whose role there was unclear to many. In the Zone, there were four types of women: sex workers, food vendors, SMAV staff, and landlords of the workers’ quarters. During my early days in the Zone, I was most often mistaken for a prostitute, which was not an unreasonable assumption.
The meeting did not go as I had hoped: the most articulate and politically informed worker was not present and the workers complained less of the collective problems of service, mistreatment, and administration that they had spoken of to me, and focused more upon an ongoing dispute that some women had been having with Marco, a former male prostitute employed as a janitor, who also ran errands for sex workers. The meeting did not create any great changes for the women and caused the further degeneration of my relationship with the SMAV.
How much? I looked away. Again, his assumption was reasonable, but because his actions were spatially wrong, I felt extremely uncomfortable. His simple one-word question and the feelings it triggered helped me to identify these invisible moral borders between the Galactic Zone and the city. I soon grew tired of would-be clients and was urged by a secretary in the SMAV to purchase and wear a labcoat, as she and the other staff did. In the Zone, the four roles occupied by women were demarcated both spatially and through appearance.
Anthropologists in the field: cases in participant observation by Lynne Hume, Jane Mulcock