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Anthropologists at Home in North America
Methods and issues in the study of one's own society

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Donald A. Messerschmidt, John L. Aguilar, Paul Bohannan, John L. Gwaltney, Richard Zimmer, David Serber, John W. Bennett, Seena Kohl, Susan Brandt Graham, Lawrence Hennigh, Agnes M. Aamodt, Craig Molgaard, Elizabeth Byerly, Linda Light, Nancy Kleiber, R. Timothy Sieber, Kerry D. Feldman, Ruth M. Houghton, Harry F. Wolcott
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  • Date Published: January 1981
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521284196

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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.

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    • Date Published: January 1981
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521284196
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Introduction:
    1. On anthropology 'at home' Donald A. Messerschmidt
    2. Insider research: an ethnography of a debate John L. Aguilar
    Part II. Urban Studies:
    3. Unseen community: the natural history of a research project Paul Bohannan
    4. Common sense and science: urban core black observations John L. Gwaltney
    5. Observer participation and consulting: research in urban food cooperatives Richard Zimmer
    6. The masking of social reality: ethnographic fieldwork in the bureaucracy David Serber
    Part III. Rural Studies:
    7. Longitudinal research in rural North America: the Saskatchewan Cultural Ecology Research Program, 1960–1973 John W. Bennett and Seena Kohl
    8. Social networks and community administration: a comparative study of two mining towns Susan Brandt Graham
    9. The anthropologist as key informant: inside a rural Oregon town Lawrence Hennigh
    10. Neighboring: discovering support systems among Norwegian-American women Agnes M. Aamodt
    Part IV. Health Systems:
    11. Applied ethnoscience in rural America: New Age health and healing Craig Molgaard and Elizabeth Byerly
    12. Interactive research in a feminist setting: The Vancouver Women's Health Collective Linda Light and Nancy Kleiber
    Part V. Education Systems:
    13. Constraints in government research: the anthropologist in a rural school district Donald A. Messerschmidt
    14. Many roles, many faces: researching school-community relations in a heterogeneous American urban community R. Timothy Sieber
    Part VI. Contract Anthropology:
    15. Anthropology under contract: two examples from Alaska Kerry D. Feldman
    16. Talking to an agency: communicating the research findings Ruth M. Houghton
    Part VII. Reflections on Anthropology at Home:
    17. Home and away: personal contrasts in ethnographic style Harry F. Wolcott
    Contributors
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    Donald A. Messerschmidt, Washington State University

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    Donald A. Messerschmidt, John L. Aguilar, Paul Bohannan, John L. Gwaltney, Richard Zimmer, David Serber, John W. Bennett, Seena Kohl, Susan Brandt Graham, Lawrence Hennigh, Agnes M. Aamodt, Craig Molgaard, Elizabeth Byerly, Linda Light, Nancy Kleiber, R. Timothy Sieber, Kerry D. Feldman, Ruth M. Houghton, Harry F. Wolcott

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