From the Research Assistant's Point of View



Among anthropologists' recent extensive efforts at self-scrutiny, one neglected topic has been the practice of training members of a community under study to act as research assistants in the field. Central to this article is a narrative account by one such assistant of the ways in which working for foreigners transformed his inner and outer worlds. A preface and afterword by one of his former employers sets this account in recent debates on problems of power and knowledge raised by the interpersonal nature offieldwork, sketches her own recollections of working with this assistant, and considers how such relationships affect ethnography and lives.