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Introduction: WHAT IS A CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL AND WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?

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A field school experience remains the exception rather than the common experience for most undergraduate and pre-dissertation graduate students in social/cultural anthropology. There are a growing number of programs that describe themselves as anthropology field schools, but fewer that emphasize a research experience and in-depth exposure to ethnographic and other qualitative methods. This bulletin offers detailed descriptions of four types of programs: “problem-focused” field schools, “instructor-driven” programs, “applied” anthropology field schools, and the “study-tour” model. Other chapters include descriptions of the field school experience from the student perspective; a long-term reflection on the influence of the field school summer on career development; the importance of mentorship; the relationship between field schools, service learning, and homestay experiences; ethical issues; and guidelines for choosing a field school.

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