APPRENTICE ETHNOGRAPHERS AND THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF TOURISM IN COSTA RICA

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This chapter discusses the structure of North Carolina State University ethnographic field school program held in Costa Rica from 1995–2001 (and now in Guatemala since 2002), in addition to explaining how the program is run and its focus on the anthropology of tourism. It is argued that not all field schools are ethnographic but that ethnographic field schools are essential for apprentice anthropologists who want to understand what anthropology is all about. It explains what makes the NCSU program an ethnographic field school and why it seems to be a successful model. Former program participants also discuss how they have benefited from their experiences.

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