Rich Points and Deep Hanging Out

As Ruth Behar wrote, there is a kind of anthropology that “breaks our hearts” (Behar 1996). There is also the question of what to do with the remaining pieces. In sharing some auto-ethnographic reflections about the heart breakings and “rich points” (methodological challenges and unexpected gifts) of native anthropology projects, I hope these insights help other ethnographers to continue refining our critical ethnography tools, questioning and reflecting about the kinds of academic knowledge we wish to produce, and challenging us to consider the implications of research as labor and research as part of our wider life projects.

How Gardens Talk Back

Unexpected lessons from gardening research, meditative weeding, and other urban multispecies collaborations. Drawing on the experiences and expertise of our members, Culture & Agriculture introduces its “Notes from the Field” series. It is intended as a space for creative, thoughtful reflections on the process of fieldwork that, while not always included in traditional peer-reviewed publications, […]

Early Fieldwork at the Beijing Farmers’ Market

Now that I’ve passed tenure review, published a book, cemented my teaching skills, and learned how to be a productive member of a college committee, I feel confident, self-assured, and filled with certainty about every aspect of my career as a professor. The same certainty extends to research and fieldwork. From choosing a topic to […]

Flipping the Field

Who’s asking the questions here? Notes from The Field, a series by the Culture & Agriculture section of AAA. Drawing on the experiences and expertise of our members, Culture & Agriculture introduces its “Notes from the Field” series. It is intended as a space for creative, thoughtful reflections on the process of fieldwork that, while […]

Insightful Fieldwork

Trust, Humility, and Personal Transformation Notes from the Field, a series by the Culture & Agriculture section of AAA Drawing on the experiences and expertise of our members, Culture and Agriculture introduces its “Notes from the Field” series. Our intent is to make space for creative, thoughtful reflections on the process of fieldwork that, while not […]

On the Mentor-Mentee Relationship as Critical Anthropological Praxis

Notes from The Field, a series by the Culture & Agriculture section of AAA. As the Culture & Agriculture (C&A) section continues to evolve dynamically as an organization within the AAA, we are incredibly privileged as applied anthropologists, educators, and agents of change to be able to help steward future generations as they grow as […]

Mentoring as Anthropological Praxis

C&A Re-Launches Notes from the Field The Culture & Agriculture (C&A) Section of the American Anthropological Society (AAA) has been hard at work revamping and growing its member offerings. September celebrates the re-launch of the monthly Notes From the Field column. There, members and other contributors share their fieldwork experiences and work out nascent theoretical […]

The Fermentological Turn—Multi-Yeasties Ethnography

See what C&A has brewing at the AAA meeting this year I put the pen to the paper and I went off I’m dropping knowledge and wisdom like a mad head dog Step into the function ’cause I’m representing Lyrics on the brain and they sit fermenting   –B(y)eastie Boys, ‘Dope Little Song’ Forget Latour. […]