Conversations I Wish I Had

Anthropological Research and Emotions

What can you do with anthropology?

Is is really possible to keep personal feelings separate from work? Many would argue that this is essential in conducting research, especially in the field of anthropology, but how is that really possible when sensory is inevitable when conducting this research? Is using your senses actually an effective way in observing?

Elizabeth P. Challinor talks about how senses may interact with research in the her article, “Sensory ways of knowing when research tunes into emotions”. She gives the readers insight to her old field notes and shares an excerpt in when she spent time with some Cape Verdean friends. She explains how throughout the fun conversation, in a language she wasn’t quite familiar with, she could not help but smile along even though she couldn’t quite follow what was happening in the story. She describes the mans use of animated gestures and loud laughs and attributes that to the contagiousness of…

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