Fieldwork Under Fire: Contemporary Studies of Violence and Culture

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Carolyn Nordstrom, Antonius C. G. M. Robben
University of California Press, 1995 - Social Science - 300 pages
Fieldwork Under Fire is a path-breaking collection of essays written by anthropologists who have experienced the unpredictability and trauma of political violence firsthand. These essays combine theoretical, ethnographic, and methodological points of view to illuminate the processes and solutions that characterize life in dangerous places. They describe the first, often harrowing, experience of violence, the personal and professional problems that arise as troubles escalate, and the often surprising creative strategies people use to survive.

In "writing violence," the authors give voice to all those affected by the conditions of violence: perpetrators as well as victims, civilians and specialists, black marketeers and heroes, jackals and researchers. Focusing on everyday experiences, these essays bring to light the puzzling contradictions of lives disturbed by violence: the simultaneous existence of laughter and suffering, of fear and hope. By doing so, they challenge the narrow conceptualization that associates violence with death and war, arguing that instead it must be considered a dimension of living.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
PRISONERS OF LOVE
24
RUMOR
41
ACCIDENTAL ANTHROPOLOGY
61
SEDUCTION AND PERSUASION
80
FEAR
105
Carolyn Nordstrom
129
Ethnography of the Ethnographer
155
COMING HOME
185
The Anthropologist as Terrorist
206
EPILOGUE
223
Myrna Mack
254
CONTRIBUTORS
295
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Carolyn Nordstrom, Visiting Scholar in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is the editor of The Paths to Domination, Resistance, and Terror (California, 1992). Antonius C.G.M. Robben, Professor of Anthropology at Utrecht University, is the author of Sons of the Sea Goddess: Economic Practice and Discursive Conflict in Brazil (1989).

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