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.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]