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Anthropological Practice


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Preface Chapter 1: Theoretical and Historical Overview Chapter 2: Unit, Region and Locality Chapter 3: Choice or Change of Topic Chapter 4: Participant Observation: Theoretical Overview Chapter 5: Participant Observation Examples Chapter 6: Fieldwork Embodied Chapter 7: Specificities and Reciprocity Notes on Anthropologists and Interviewees Notes References

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Anthropological Practice provides students with the tools to understand and develop practice-based and open-ended methodology.

About the Author

Judith Okely is Deputy Director, International Gender Studies Centre (IGS), Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University. She is also Emeritus Professor in Social Anthropology, University of Hull, and Honorary Research Associate, Brunel University.


What makes this work distinctive from other publications about ethnographic methods is that the author provides detailed accounts from interviews she conducted with anthropologists whom she asked to reflect on their fieldwork experiences ... Those with fieldwork experience including graduate students, newly graduated Ph.Ds., and seasoned anthropologists will enjoy Judith Okely's and her colleagues' perspectives about fieldwork. For those who want to reflect on ethnographic methods and its purposes, I highly recommend it. -- Judith Singleton * American Ethnologist *
The author has done admirable research on anthropological fieldwork methods and the contribution of different scholars . . . The book is a rich anthropological work and it is worth praising for citing so many anthropological works with such an immense exposure to the great many scholars of anthropology . . . For someone aware of the richness and beauty of anthropology and looking for critiques to the works of anthropology, this is the right book. -- Rimai Joy, Amity University, India * Anthropological Notebooks *
[Anthropological Practice] is certainly a successful and rewarding tour. Okely writes with passion, humour and clarity ... [She] rigorously and consistently demonstrates her arguments and insights throughout with evidence from either transcript or reference to the literature ... The book describes some really innovative connections to more familiar social scientific discourses ... [A] useful and interesting read. * Qualitative Research *
Unique in its scope, Okely's text offers a rich breadth of experience and a very nuanced understanding of what actually occurs in practice. Students and even seasoned researchers will gain a much needed glimpse into the realities faced by fieldworkers. * Susan E. Frohlick, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Manitoba *
[Anthropological Practice] thoroughly elaborates on conceptual categories and commonly accepted assumptions regarding this subject. It is an extremely useful resource for anthropologists, students, professional social researchers and research trainees ... this book is an indispensable tool that should be included in every list of suggested readings on anthropology and ethnography. * Social Anthropology *

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