The Fieldwork Encounter, Experience, and the Making of Truth: An Introduction
American anthropology has been engaged in a soul-searching movement to assess critically its object, its principal method, and the most current form of the write-up of research results. This chapter looks at the effects of various critiques on the practices of anthropology. It demonstrates what in anthropology does or can do in and through experience-based fieldwork. Furthermore, it queries the nature of encounters, experience, experiments, reflexivity, truth, subjectivity, objectification, projection, transference, risk, and affect with primary reference to Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tanzania, the Canadian Arctic, India, Germany, and Russia. With a focus on what happens in fieldwork encounters, it attempts to bring ethnographic practice and reflexive writing together so as to produce knowledge that can acknowledge its relationality and still aim for truth.
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