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Time and the Field
Edited by Steffen Dalsgaard and Morten Nielsen
Afterword by George Marcus
166 pages, 1 figure, index
ISBN 978-1-78533-087-2 $27.95/£22.95 Pb Published (November 2015)
eISBN 978-1-78533-088-9 eBook
“…deserves to be read; above all by advanced students who are preparing for fieldwork.” • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI)
“Time and the Field is an original and colorful collection of articles, approaching the overall topic from various perspectives, all illustrated with vivid accounts from the field. They cover a broad range of issues and comprehension, from reflections on methodology, descriptions of specific temporalities over theoretical experimentations (surfacing, trans-temporal hinges) to analysis about temporal constituencies of the ethnographic field… The book is surely a valuable inspiration for young anthropologists preparing their first fieldwork as well as for experienced fieldworkers motivating them to look at their data and practice from a different, time-inspired angle.” • Anthropos
In recent years, ethnographic fieldwork has been subjected to analytical scrutiny in anthropology. Ethnography remains anchored in tropes of spatiality with the association between field and fieldworker characterized by distances in space. With updates on the discussion of contemporary requirements to ethnographic research practice, Time and the Field rethinks the notion of the field in terms of time rather than space. Such an approach not only implies a particular attention to the methodology of studying local (social and ontological) imaginaries of time, but furthermore destabilitizes the relationship between fieldworker and fieldsite, allowing it to emerge as a dynamic and ever-shifting constellation.
Steffen Dalsgaard is Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen. He is currently deputy chair of the Young Academy of Denmark. Among his recent publications are articles in HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, Social Anthropology, Environment and Society, and Social Analysis.
Morten Nielsen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Aarhus University and coordinator of the interdisciplinary research network Urban Orders (URO). Recent publications include articles in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, Social Analysis, and Social Anthropology.
Subject: Applied Anthropology Theory and Methodology Cultural Studies (General) Sociology
Introduction: Time and the Field
Steffen Dalsgaard and Morten Nielsen
Chapter 1. Limits and Limitlessness: Exploring Time in Scientific Practice
Chapter 2. The Time of the State and the Temporality of the Gavman in Manus Province, Papua New Guinea
Chapter 3. Out of Conclusion: On Recurrence and Open-Endedness in Life and Analysis
Anne Line Dalsgaard and Martin Demant Frederiksen
Chapter 4. Times of the Other: The Temporalities of Ethnographic Fieldwork
Chapter 5. Surfacing Moves: Spatial-Timings of Senior Home Care
Peter A. Lutz
Chapter 6. Boredom, Rhythm, and the Temporality of Ritual: Recurring Fieldwork in the Brazilian Candomblé
Chapter 7. Episodic Fieldwork, Updating, and Sociability
Chapter 8. Trans-temporal Hinges: Reflections on an Ethnographic Study of Chinese Infrastructural Projects in Mozambique and Mongolia
Morten Axel Pedersen and Morten Nielsen
Afterword: Ethnography between the Virtue of Patience and the Anxiety of Belatedness Once Coevalness Is Embraced
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