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Introduction to “Long-Term Fieldwork”

Authors

  • JAMES M. TAGGART,

    1. Lewis Audenreid Professor of History and Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA 17603
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  • ALAN R. SANDSTROM

    1. Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
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SUMMARY

This special issue presents new, original essays by anthropologists who have spent a great deal of time carrying out fieldwork in a variety of ways and under many different conditions. Their ways of doing long-term fieldwork vary from revisiting the same community to doing multisited fieldwork to gain a broader comparative perspective in the discipline of anthropology. The authors wrestle with the meaning of their work after observing the people they befriended and studied undergo sometimes-devastating changes, suffering deep life-changing experiences themselves, and witnessing controversies over the value of doing and writing ethnography.

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