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Fieldwork Under Fire: Contemporary Studies of Violence and Culture

Carolyn Nordstrom and Antonius Robben


This book contains chapters written by anthropologists who have experienced the unpredictability and trauma of political violence firsthand. The chapters 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 the book the chapters give voice to all those affected by the conditions of violen ... More

Keywords: political violence, dangerous places, black marketeers, suffering, fear, hope, death, war, trauma, unpredictability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780520089938
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520089938.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carolyn Nordstrom, editor

Antonius Robben, editor

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Front Matter


Antonius C.G. M. Robben and Carolyn Nordstrom

Prisoners of Love

Ted Swedenburg


Anna Simons

Accidental Anthropology

Frank N. Pieke

Seduction and Persuasion

Antonius C. G. M. Robben



Creativity and Chaos

Carolyn Nordstrom

Rape Attack

Cathy Winkler, with Penelope J.Hanke

Coming Home

Maria B. Olujic


Joseba Zulaika


Allen Feldman

The Doing of Anthropology

Elizabeth Oglesby

The Doing of Anthropology

Jeffrey A. Sluka

End Matter