Ethnographic fieldwork is traditionally seen as what distinguishes social and cultural anthropology from the other social sciences. This collection responds to the inte nsifying scrutiny of fieldwork in recent years. It challenges the idea of the necessity for the total immersion of the ethnographer in the field, and for the clear separation of professional and personal areas of activity. The very existence of 'the field' as an entity separate from everyday life is questioned.
Fresh perspectives on contemporary fieldwork are provided by diverse case-studies from across North America and Europe. These contributions give a thorough appraisal of what fieldwork is and should be, and an extra dimension is added through fascinating accounts of the personal experiences of anthropologists in the field.

chapter 1|18 pages


Constructing the field
ByVered Amit

chapter 2|13 pages

At ‘home’ and ‘away’

Reconfiguring the field for late twentieth-century anthropology
ByVirginia Caputo

chapter 3|22 pages

Home field advantage?

Exploring the social construction of children’s sports
ByNoel Dyck

chapter 4|17 pages

Here and there

Doing transnational fieldwork
ByCaroline Knowles

chapter 5|25 pages

The narrative as fieldwork technique

Processual ethnography for a world in motion
ByNigel Rapport

chapter 6|24 pages

‘Informants’ who come ‘home’

BySarah Pink

chapter 7|27 pages

Phoning the field

Meanings of place and involvement in fieldwork ‘at home’
ByKarin Norman

chapter 8|15 pages

Access to a closed world

Methods for a multilocale study on ballet as a career
ByHelena Wulff

chapter 9|33 pages

Locating yoga

Ethnography and transnational practice
BySarah Strauss