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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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Native Anthropology

Native Anthropology

Studying the Culture of Baseball

Chapter:
(p.105) 7 Native Anthropology
Source:
In the Field
Author(s):

George Gmelch

Sharon Bohn Gmelch

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520289611.003.0007

George returns to professional baseball after a 30-year absence to study the sport. The culture of baseball has changed much during his absence. The role of serendipity in research, along with the benefits and drawbacks of studying your own group, that is, being a “native anthropologist” are explored.

Keywords:   Native Anthropology, Sport, The Ballpark as Field Site, Gatekeepers, Serendipity in Field Research

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