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Leaving the field in the digital age

  • Anthropologists’ arrival stories have long served to justify, naturalize, and domesticate—often through humor—the fraught moment of entering unasked into other people's lives. This textual convention has been thoroughly critiqued, but no comparable attention has been paid to the analogous moment of departure from the field. The digital age enables both sides to maintain contact, a shift that negates the finality of earlier departures. This article engages the changes wrought by digital media that allow us to remain connected to the field. While this seems a humane affordance, it also means that it is no longer feasible to cleanly sever ties established ‘there’. When anthropologists leave the field, the field will likely follow them—on Facebook or Instagram.

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Author:Felix Girke
URN:urn:nbn:de:bsz:kon4-opus4-28983
DOI:https://doi.org/10.3167/sa.2021.650106
ISSN:1558-5727
ISSN:0155-977X
Parent Title (English):Social Analysis
Volume:65
Publisher:Berghahn
Place of publication:New York
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of Publication:2021
Release Date:2021/11/12
Tag:Arrival and departure; Digital age; Ethiopia; Fieldwork; Methodology
Issue:1
First Page:103
Last Page:112
Institutes:Fakultät Wirtschafts-, Kultur- und Rechtswissenschaften
DDC functional group:300 Sozialwissenschaften
Open Access?:Ja
Relevance:Peer reviewed Publikation in Master Journal List
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC-ND - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitungen 4.0 International