New PDF release: Children in the Field. Anthropological Experiences

By Joan Cassell

A set of narratives by way of anthropologists who introduced childrens with them into the sector. This paintings combines own drama, useful info, and suggestion with an exam of how within which the presence of youngsters can modify the connection among those that research and those that are studied.

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A nice example comes appropriately from the Pini-parana River. Brian Moser, a documentary filmmaker with whom we have since collaborated closely, wrote about a two-week journey on this river Children in the Amazon 31 in 1961. He was following up an earlier trip by making a film, but this time the party include a woman. With the touching chivalry of the young Cambridge graduate-adventurer of the day, he wrote: Until now we would never have admitted that a girl should be allowed to take part in an expedition, but we had to change our minds.

We heard again that they had not moved out but had started schools to rival the Catholic ones. We heard of friends dying, epidemics striking, new marriages and births, and new longhouses being built. None of our contemporaries with research experience in Colombia had been able to get permits to return to their fieldwork areas. The disheartening stories of their wasted efforts put us off trying until we were sure that our determination would sustain us through months of disappointing negotiations.

Everyone seemed to get special pleasure from watching us drink, dance, and have fun-they said as much. There was great approval, of themselves for having the kind of party we could enjoy, and of us, for so obviously enjoying it. Everyone danced with everyone, including Justine and Steve, who, for once, stayed up, Jamaican style, until 2:30 when the party started to break up. I was unsure of what the people who helped with the party expected from me. " 21 on a system of reciprocal favors: Many of the people who helped when I lacked a car and the refrigerator kept breaking down asked for various kinds of help when Eric arrived with a rented car.

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