Fieldwork Dilemmas: Anthropologists in Postsocialist States

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Hermine G. De Soto, Nora Dudwick
Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2000 - Social Science - 250 pages
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In Fieldwork Dilemmas ten anthropologists disclose the political and physical dangers inherent in field research. Focusing on former socialist states, they vividly depict the upheavals of everyday life in Eastern Europe, revealing how their informants and the communities in which they live undergo political and economic dislocations, plummeting living standards, emerging gender inequalities, and ethnic and nationalist violence.

Reports from Armenia, Bulgaria, eastern Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, and Uzbekistan show how fieldworkers struggle to reconcile previous experiences with postsocialist stereotypes about Soviet culture, the West, and the effects of the penetration of capitalism into noncapitalist societies. These fieldwork dilemmas are analyzed by anthropologists who are learning to position themselves professionally and personally in the field under often unstable, unpredictable situations. This volume will interest not only anthropologists but fieldworkers of all kinds, and not only scholars of Eastern Europe but all those who study rapid societal changes.

  

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De Soto and Dudwick, both staff anthropologists at the World Bank, have compiled ten reports on the physical and political dangers inherent in doing fieldwork in post-Socialist Eastern European states ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Fieldwork in Disintegrating and Reintegrating Nations
9
Native and Other Dilemmas
49
How East Berlin Women
73
Fieldwork
119
Negotiating Personal Relationships in
149
Intimations from an Uncertain Place
219
Index
227
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De Soto is a staff anthropologist at the World Bank.

Dudwick is a staff anthropologist at the World Bank.

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