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Anthropologists at Home in North America : Methods and issues in the study of one's own society - Donald A. Messerschmidt

Anthropologists at Home in North America

Methods and issues in the study of one's own society

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Published: 1st January 1981
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The issue of practising anthropology in one's own society is the focus of this volume of seventeen essays, originally published in 1981. The contributions, written by US and Canadian anthropologists, deal with methods, theories and styles of doing research in North America. Rich and sometimes candid descriptions of the strategies and orienting concepts employed to order the data and the research experience made this book a contribution to both theory and method. Traditionally, the research domains of anthropologists have been societies and cultures other than their own. Research by anthropologists in their own societies received renewed emphasis partly because of a heightened awareness of social problems. This book examines how innovative scholars applied anthropology to non-traditional research questions in urban and rural society, in health and education systems, and in the field of contract anthropology.

Preface
Introduction
On anthropology 'at home'
Insider research: an ethnography of a debate
Urban Studies
Unseen community: the natural history of a research project
Common sense and science: urban core black observations
Observer participation and consulting: research in urban food cooperatives
The masking of social reality: ethnographic fieldwork in the bureaucracy
Rural Studies
Longitudinal research in rural North America: the Saskatchewan Cultural Ecology Research Program, 1960-1973
Social networks and community administration: a comparative study of two mining towns Susan
The anthropologist as key informant: inside a rural Oregon town
Neighboring: discovering support systems among Norwegian-American women
Health Systems
Applied ethnoscience in rural America: New Age health and healing
Interactive research in a feminist setting: The Vancouver Women's Health Collective
Education Systems
Constraints in government research: the anthropologist in a rural school district
Many roles, many faces: researching school-community relations in a heterogeneous American urban community
Contract Anthropology
Anthropology under contract: two examples from Alaska
Talking to an agency: communicating the research findings
Reflections on Anthropology at Home
Home and away: personal contrasts in ethnographic style
Contributors
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521284196
ISBN-10: 0521284198
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 1st January 1981
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.48