That lunch turned out to be the first of many meals that left me asking questions. Since 2014, as part of my research on biotechnology and agricultural development in Ghana, I have attended dozens of development programs throughout the country. These programs—events, workshops, trainings—are impressive microcosms of so-called development efforts. They are where farmers, government officials, development practitioners, NGO program officers, and the occasional anthropologist share spaces, ideas, and meals.
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In Metaphors We Live By, Lakoff and Johnson (1980) argue that metaphor is like a sense. It structures human experience and guides our understanding of our own and other worlds. Metaphors are passed down, becoming a way for structuring experience—a feeling that guides us through our lives.
What is the future of agricultural anthropology? Perhaps we will be “studying up” and turning our ethnographic attention to industrialized food systems. Perhaps we will be focusing on “win-wins” and identifying policies that promote solidarity between economic and environmental goals.
I am writing these “Notes from the Field” in a liminal place of searching for a new fieldwork site: grappling with philosophies regarding the greater good and news of anthropological import as well as my own tragic subjectivity. This personal struggle is also an ethical dilemma that stands at the heart of anthropological theory.
The latest in Culture & Agriculture’s Notes from the Field series explores the value of anthropological fieldwork for undergraduate education. “Anthropological fieldwork is a lot like writing your first college term paper. You have no clue what the hell comes next.” —Anonymous Student, Western Illinois University I love doing fieldwork. I chalk this up to […]