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By Lynne Hume, Jane Mulcock

All too frequently anthropologists and different social scientists cross into the sphere with unrealistic expectancies. varied cultural milieus are leading floor for misunderstandings, misinterpretations, and interrelational difficulties. This booklet is a superb advent to real-world ethnography, utilizing well-known and not-so-familiar cultures as circumstances. The ebook covers player statement and ethnographic interviewing, either brief and long-term. those methodologies are open to difficulties equivalent to loss of communique, melancholy, hostility, chance, and ethical and moral dilemmas -- difficulties which are frequently sanitized for e-book and overlooked within the curriculum. one of the interesting issues lined are sexualized and violent environments, secrecy and disclosure, a number of roles and allegiances, insider/outsider matters, and negotiating friendship and objectivity. (March'07 Vol. 17, No. 1)

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Benedict, which requires monks to devote equal time to prayer, study, and practical work. The monks of Cassian pray in common four times a day, and celebrate Mass together on a daily basis. Each monk at Cassian has his own small but comfortably furnished room in which he may keep a few personal items given as gifts. Unless he is ill, however, he is expected to spend most of his time with other members of the community, and not shut himself up in his room. Most items of material culture are owned in common.

There can be no secrets here,” one monk told me with mixed satisfaction and regret. This situation imposes a certain degree of stealth upon all its members and, because everyone is engaged in such concealment, the ability to do so is rarely challenged or compromised. But there seems to be a line—no less clear for being largely invisible—beyond which concealment must be interrogated. As soon as anyone seems to be too obvious in behaving secretly, curiosity is kindled, and everyone tries to find out what is going on.

4 The entire state of Chiapas was militarized, and there existed a general atmosphere of repression and (often justifiable) paranoia. My close contact with the PAN created unexpected problems, specifically with the priista state offices of the National Migration Institute (INM) in the highland city of San Cristóbal de las Casas. When I arrived in the field, I first made my base of operations in San Cristóbal. I did this, ostensibly, for practical reasons: I had living quarters there and was affiliated with a local research institute that would assist me in securing a research visa from the city’s office of the INM.

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