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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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Taking Students to the Field

Taking Students to the Field


(p.164) 10 Taking Students to the Field
In the Field

George Gmelch

Sharon Bohn Gmelch

University of California Press

This chapter describes the experiences of the field school students the authors have taken to the island of Barbados over a 20-year period. There each student lives in a separate rural village with an Afro-Caribbean family while learning to “do” anthropology. The chapter examines what students learn about the tribulations and joys of doing research, about Bajan culture, and about themselves and American culture as a result of living among and studying others.

Keywords:   Barbados, Anthropology Feld Schools, Race and Class, Culture Shock, Naïve Realism

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