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Fields of commitment: research entanglements beyond predation

Winchell, Mareike (2022) Fields of commitment: research entanglements beyond predation. Postmodern Culture, 33 (1). ISSN 1053-1920

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Identification Number: 10.1353/pmc.2022.a915391


The boundaries of fieldwork not only define the scope of research but also circumscribe and delimit the bounds of responsibility. This essay proposes a return to the whereness of the field as an antidote to treating the powers of description and historical dispersal as absolute and uncontested. Linking classic critiques of social science’s mapping of nature and culture, of the authors and subjects of research, to contemporary debates about the ethics of field research and anthropology’s complicity with colonial systems of rule, it offers a reappraisal of the field as a ground from which to build new solidarities across incommensurable political and scholarly commitments. By approaching fields not as empty retainers but as comprised of and defined by research interlocuters and their politics, scholars can better account for global slippages and dispersals without subtly reviving the figure of an inert nature under duress, in/organic or otherwise.

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Additional Information: © 2018 Postmodern Culture & the Johns Hopkins University Press
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2024 14:48
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2024 17:51

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