Friendship, Anthropology



In this article we, as informant and anthropologist, attempt to write ethnography together and to propose a collaborative and egalitarian anthropology. We start from the awareness that ethnographic knowledge is made by ethnographers and informants, and should be owned by both. We write together and separately, about each other and about ourselves, and describe a friendship that started 20 years ago, when Liria, a Spanish Gitana (Gypsy/Roma) first opened her home to Paloma, a non-Gitana anthropologist. We reflect on our relationship and what it tells us about life in contemporary Spain, and about anthropology and its future.