Conversations I Wish I Had

Fieldwork Anxiety

The Perendinating Pika

Yesterday I was feeling very anxious about my research project. I imagine every PhD student has this experience one way or another – trying to prepare a research project that will service the basis for their future career. However, few fields have the same kind of “rite of passage” that anthropology does. Fieldwork is the hallmark of anthropology and even though things have changed over there years, the basic idea remains that to “be” an anthropologist you have the experience of being in the field. “Being in the field” is basically a whole new experience, that even a semesters worth of training and two summers of preliminary fieldwork cannot prepare you for. As an anthropologist your field project is your own and no one elses. Anthropologists don’t work in teams and in fact, it is this isolation that is supposed to help the anthropologist truly join the community in which…

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