Emotions in the Field: The Psychology and Anthropology of Fieldwork Experience

Editor : James Davies, Editor : Dimitrina Spencer

Emotions in the Field: The Psychology and Anthropology of Fieldwork Experience

Book Details

  • Publisher : Stanford U.P.
  • Published : 2010
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 288
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 29667
  • ISBN 13 : 9780804769402
  • ISBN 10 : 0804769400
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As emotion is often linked with irrationality, its no surprise researchers tend to underreport the emotions they experience in the field. This book explores the idea that emotion is not antithetical to thought or reason, but is instead an untapped source of insight that can complement more traditional methods of anthropological research. As emotion is often linked with irrationality, its no surprise researchers tend to underreport the emotions they experience in the field. However, denying emotion altogether doesnt necessarily lead to better research. Methods cannot function independently from the personalities wielding them, and its time we questioned the tendency to underplay the scientific, personal, and political consequences of the emotional dimensions of fieldwork. This book explores the idea that emotion is not antithetical to thought or reason, but is instead an untapped source of insight that can complement more traditional methods of anthropological research. With a new, re-humanized methodological framework, this book shows how certain reactions and experiences consistently evoked in fieldwork, when treated with the intellectual rigor empirical work demands, can be translated into meaningful data. Emotions in the Field brings to mainstream anthropological awareness not only the viability and necessity of this neglected realm of research, but also its fresh and thoughtful guiding principles.

About the Editor(s)

James Davies, PhD, is a member of St Cross College, University of Oxford, where he also obtained his doctorate in social anthropology. He is a social anthropologist, a qualified and practicing psychotherapist working in the NHS, and a senior lecturer in the School of Human and Life Sciences, Roehampton University (London).

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