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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Spring 2009

ANT 391 • Theory/Methods/Politics of Fieldwork

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30127 T
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
EPS 1.130KA

Course Description

This course explores a fundamental component of anthropological practice: field research. It is not a field methods training course, but rather an exploration of the meanings, strengths and contradictions inherent in the practice of politically-engaged field research. How do anthropologists conceive of the relationship between field research and the call (whether from others or one's own commitments) to become involved in the politics of the fieldwork situation? What consequences follow when anthropologists respond affirmatively to such calls? How does political engagement affect considerations of fieldwork methods? How do our answers to these questions vary, combine or diverge, as we consider different understandings of the very term "politics," as well as anthropology. Throughout we will examine the potential transformations of research outcomes that follow from different forms of political engagement in the research process, as well as the dilemmas that arise along the way


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