Vol 11, No 1 (2009)

Fieldwork identities

The identities that are attributed to us and the roles we are placed in during fieldwork matter - to the people we study, to us, and to the research process. In this issue of Anthropology Matters, 11 authors reflect on fieldwork identities. Their reflections can be grouped loosely into three categories: reflections concerning perceived inequalities, differences or power relations, e.g. related to race or wealth; reflections concerning people's assumptions about the fieldworker based on the familiarity of his or her appearance, e.g. related to gender or age; and reflections concerning the negotiation that surrounds the role of "participant observer."

Table of Contents


Fieldwork identities: introduction
Ingie Hovland


Michael Walker
Joel Busher
Olumide Abimbola
Ngambouk V. Pemunta
Mariana Rios Sandoval
Emilie Venables
David Poveda
Elizabeth Graveling
Katherine Smith
Lucy Pickering
Bartlomiej Walczak


Annika Launiala