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Search After Method: Sensing, Moving, and Imagining in Anthropological Fieldwork

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Search After Method

Sensing, Moving, and Imagining in Anthropological Fieldwork

Edited by Julie Laplante, Ari Gandsman, and Willow Scobie
Foreword by TIm Ingold
Afterword by David Jaclin

270 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-883-2 $145.00/£107.00 Hb Not Yet Published (September 2020)

ISBN  978-1-78920-938-9 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Not Yet Published (September 2020)

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Reigniting a tradition of learning by experience, Search After Method is a plea for more lively forms of anthropology.  The multiple voices resonating in the collection come from anthropologists in all walks of academia as well as outside of it. The chapters relate the contributor’s first experiences of working in the field and use their experiences to link their work to the discipline of Anthropology, along with other broader fieldwork questions. This book thus provides a powerful introduction to lived experiences of contemporary fieldwork.

Julie Laplante is Full Professor of Anthropology at the University of Ottawa.

Ari Gandsman is a cultural and medical anthropologist and Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa in the School of Anthropological and Sociological Studies.

Willow Scobie is Assistant Professor in the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Subject: Theory & Methodology in Anthropology


List of Figures

Tim Ingold


Introduction: Lines of Flight
Julie Laplante, Willow Scobie and Ari Gandsman

Part I: Sensing

Chapter 1. Sonorous Sensations: Plant, People and Elemental Stirs in Healing
Julie Laplante
     Vignette 1: Plant Milieus: (In)Hospitalities
     Daniel Alberto Restrepo Hernández
     Vignette 2: Breath of Fresh Air
     Boyan Atzev

Chapter 2. Sensing ‘Feeling’ in Indonesia’s Persatuan Gerak Badan (Body Movement Unification) School
Jaida Kim Samudra

Chapter 3. Drumming with Winds: Learning from Zar Practitioners in Qeshm Island, Iran
Nima Jangouk
     Vignette 3: Ethnography Through Anxiety
     Angeline Antonakos Boswell

Chapter 4. Fieldwork Aloft - Experiencing Weather and Air in Falconry
Sara Asu Schroer

Part II: Moving

Chapter 5. Travelling through Layers: Inuitness in Flight
Willow Scobie
     Vignette 4: Internet Techniques for an Untimely Anthropology
     Meg Stalcup
     Vignette 5: Hauling Water
     Carly Dokis

Chapter 6. Alex la Guma and the Smell of Freedom
Giovanni Spissu

Chapter 7. (Re)Turning Manifold-ish Along with Mongolian Reindeer Herd(er)s – Trial(s) by Vagary
Nicolas Rasiulis

Chapter 8. Enskilment into the Environment: The Yijin jing Worlds of Jin and Qi
Elisabeth Hsu and Chee Han Lim

Part III: Imagining

Chapter 9. Live to Tell – In and Out of View in the Interview
Ari Gandsman
     Vignette 6: Against Ethnographic Disappointment, or on the Importance of Listerning
     Larisa Kurtović
     Vignette 7: The Discursive Archive
     Thushara Hewage

Chapter 10. On Failing to Learn to Shoot a Gun
Bradley Dunseith

Chapter 11. Wondering Winds: Alpine Fire Lookouts in the Canadian Rocky Mountains
Kristen Anne Walsh

Chapter 12. Ethnography as Bewitchment: A Literary Study of Jeanne Favret-Saada’s Deadly Words
Bernhard Leistle

Afterword: Meta-odos (Or the Inscription of Fieldwork)
David Jaclin
     Vignette 8: Inner Experience and Ethnographic Yoga
     Everett Kehew

Julie Laplante


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