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In the FieldLife and Work in Cultural Anthropology$
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George Gmelch and Sharon Bohn Gmelch

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520289611

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520289611.001.0001

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The Fieldwork Tradition

The Fieldwork Tradition

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 The Fieldwork Tradition
Source:
In the Field
Author(s):

George Gmelch

Sharon Bohn Gmelch

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520289611.003.0001

This chapter explores the nature of “fieldwork” and its central place in the identity and methods of anthropology. It begins with a brief history of the fieldwork as anthropology’s hallmark methodology, its role as a rite of passage in becoming an anthropologist, and the preparations anthropology students receive before going off to the field. It also introduces the authors ad their own training in anthropology.

Keywords:   Aims of the book, Fieldwork, Methodology, Anthropological Rite of Passage, Fieldwork Folklore

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