Being there : fieldwork in anthropology by C. W. Watson

By C. W. Watson

A rethinking of renowned political hobbies, this booklet seems at new, rising, mass visions and analyses their influence and strength in new ways.

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Cohen, Anthony P. (1993) ‘Post-Fieldwork Fieldwork’, Journal of Anthropological Research, Winter: 1–23. Du Bouley, Juliet (1974) Portrait of a Greek Mountain Community, Oxford: Clarendon. Epstein, A. L. (1972) Ethos and Identity: Three Studies in Ethnicity, London: Tavistock. Foucault, Michel (1977) Discipline and Punish, Harmondsworth: Penguin. Foucault, Michel (1991) ‘Governmentality’ in G. Burchell et al. (eds) The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality, London: Harvester Wheatsheaf. Fox, Richard (1991) ‘Introduction: Working in the Present’, in Fox R.

I finished my thesis in September 1985 and was awarded a DPhil a few months later (Shore 1985). Shortly afterwards I was offered a job as a political research officer. However, on the day of my interview I also received an offer of a teaching job at Perugia University. After agonising over the decision, I opted for Italy (and the more unpredictable future), and that was the start of an even more intensive year of ‘fieldwork’. What lessons, then, did I take away from this first major fieldwork encounter?

It is therefore difficult for Italians – even sons of atheistic communists – to escape its influence. That point was borne out in numerous ways, for example in the comment of one of my communist friends’ father, a peasant from the countryside outside of Perugia. One day at their home, having been invited to the important Sunday lunch ritual, this 70-year-old man turned to me and asked whether I was a Catholic. No, I replied. A Protestant? No, I replied. Jew? No, I said, adding that I hadn’t been baptised into any religion.

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