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Search After Method: Sensing, Moving, and Imagining in Anthropological Fieldwork

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Search After Method

Sensing, Moving, and Imagining in Anthropological Fieldwork

Edited by Julie Laplante, Ari Gandsman, and Willow Scobie
Foreword by TIm Ingold
Afterword by David Jaclin

278 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-883-2 $145.00/£107.00 Hb Published (September 2020)

ISBN  978-1-78920-938-9 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (September 2020)

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Reigniting a tradition of learning from experience, Search After Method is a plea for livelier forms of anthropology. The anthropologists in the collection recount their experiences of working in the field, framed within a range of anthropological debates. The book thus provides accounts of lived experiences from both extensive and contemporary fieldwork as well as offering solutions for how to evolve the art of anthropological research beyond what is currently imagined.

Julie Laplante is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Ottawa in the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies (SSAS).

Ari Gandsman is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Ottawa in the SSAS.

Willow Scobie is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Ottawa in the SSAS.

Subject: Theory and Methodology


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List of Figures

Tim Ingold


Introduction: Lines of Flight
Julie Laplante, Willow Scobie and Ari Gandsman

Part I: Sensing

Chapter 1. Sonorous Sensations: Plant, People and Elemental Stirs in Healing
Julie Laplante
     Vignette 1: Plant Milieus: (In)Hospitalities
     Daniel Alberto Restrepo Hernández
     Vignette 2: Breath of Fresh Air
     Boyan Atzev

Chapter 2. Sensing ‘Feeling’ in Indonesia’s Persatuan Gerak Badan (Body Movement Unification) School
Jaida Kim Samudra

Chapter 3. Drumming with Winds: Learning from Zar Practitioners in Qeshm Island, Iran
Nima Jangouk
     Vignette 3: Ethnography Through Anxiety
     Angeline Antonakos Boswell

Chapter 4. Fieldwork Aloft - Experiencing Weather and Air in Falconry
Sara Asu Schroer

Part II: Moving

Chapter 5. Travelling through Layers: Inuitness in Flight
Willow Scobie
     Vignette 4: Internet Techniques for an Untimely Anthropology
     Meg Stalcup
     Vignette 5: Hauling Water
     Carly Dokis

Chapter 6. Alex la Guma and the Smell of Freedom
Giovanni Spissu

Chapter 7. (Re)Turning Manifold-ish Along with Mongolian Reindeer Herd(er)s – Trial(s) by Vagary
Nicolas Rasiulis

Chapter 8. Enskilment into the Environment: The Yijin jing Worlds of Jin and Qi
Elisabeth Hsu and Chee Han Lim

Part III: Imagining

Chapter 9. Live to Tell – In and Out of View in the Interview
Ari Gandsman
     Vignette 6: Against Ethnographic Disappointment, or on the Importance of Listerning
     Larisa Kurtović
     Vignette 7: The Discursive Archive
     Thushara Hewage

Chapter 10. On Failing to Learn to Shoot a Gun
Bradley Dunseith

Chapter 11. Wondering Winds: Alpine Fire Lookouts in the Canadian Rocky Mountains
Kristen Anne Walsh

Chapter 12. Ethnography as Bewitchment: A Literary Study of Jeanne Favret-Saada’s Deadly Words
Bernhard Leistle

Afterword: Meta-odos (Or the Inscription of Fieldwork)
David Jaclin
     Vignette 8: Inner Experience and Ethnographic Yoga
     Everett Kehew

Julie Laplante


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