Relations and products: dilemmas of reciprocity in fieldwork

Glowczewski, Barbara, Henry, Rosita, and Otto, Ton (2013) Relations and products: dilemmas of reciprocity in fieldwork. Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 14 (2). pp. 113-125.

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Abstract

The relationship between fieldworkers (anthropologists, archaeologists, linguists, historians) and people we have variously called research participants, informants, consultants, collaborators, teachers and friends, lies at the foundation of productive ethnographic research. While there is a plethora of publications on fieldwork methods and on the art of ethnographic writing, here we specifically focus on the products of field research, both tangible and intangible. In particular, we explore the nature and consequences of the exchanges that take place between researchers, their host communities and civil society. We argue that our research products play a crucial role not only in the relationships we develop through fieldwork but also take on a life of their own beyond the fields of their original production.

Item ID: 25932
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: ethnography, fieldwork, reciprocity, information technologies, agency of products
ISSN: 1740-9314
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2013 05:09
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 100%
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