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By Akhil Gupta

One of the social sciences, anthropology is predicated such a lot essentially on "fieldwork"--the long term immersion in a different way of lifestyles because the foundation for wisdom. In an period while anthropologists are learning issues that withstand geographical localization, this publication initiates a long-overdue dialogue of the political and epistemological implications of the disciplinary dedication to fieldwork.These leading edge, stimulating essays--carefully selected to shape a coherent whole--interrogate the thought of "the field," exhibiting how the concept that is traditionally built and exploring the results of its dominance. The essays talk about anthropological paintings performed in areas (in refugee camps, on tv) or between populations (gays and lesbians, homeless humans within the usa) that problem the normal limitations of "the field." The individuals recommend replacement methodologies applicable for modern difficulties and eventually suggest a reformation of the self-discipline of anthropology.

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While he immediately turns this into a problem of text construction, one may fruitfully think about the kind of research practice that might produce the materials for that text. 16 A multilocale ethnography would, according to Marcus, try to represent multiple, blindly interdependent locales, each explored ethnographically and mutually linked by the intended and unintended consequences of activities within them. If the intent were merely to demonstrate random interdependencies by which everyone is unexpectedly connected to LOCATING THE PAST 73 everyone else in the modern world, if only you looked hard enough, this would be an absurd and pointless project.

These collectors supplied written descriptions, physical specimens, and drawn representations (which were characteristic yields of every significant expedition from the dawn of the age of exploration, and, until photography became common, were routine features of naturalists' practice, not just the products of specialist artists). The act of analyzing data collected by others was believed to be so straightforward that knowledge of scientific materials' provenance was considered virtually irrelevant to their interpretation.

Indeed, they so glorified the erstwhile collectors' role that they often seemed to have embraced the epistemological premises on which it rested, representing their observations as unmediated by any theoretical framework. This was not the case, however, and not just because unqualified empiricism is an intellectual impossibility. Theorizing continued to be a high-status activity, serving as the medium of communication among specialists devoted to studying particular species and places. But the experience of fieldwork became the defining property of truly scientific research.

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