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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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Politics and Fieldwork

Politics and Fieldwork

Nomads in English Cities

(p.31) 3 Politics and Fieldwork
In the Field

George Gmelch

Sharon Bohn Gmelch

University of California Press

The chapter introduces the subfield of applied anthropology. Here the anthropologists are commissioned by the British Department of the Environment to find out what kind of “sites” should be built for highly nomadic British Gypsies. The goal is to minimize the negative impact their arrival in urban areas has on local residents and government authorities, while providing for Gypsy families’ basic needs. The chapter discusses conducting research in a highly politicized environment, one involving Gypsy organizations and a national election which brings in a new ruling party with a very different agenda for Gypsies.

Keywords:   Applied Anthropology, English Gypsies & Travellers, Nomadism, Prejudice and Discrimination, Politics of Research

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