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ISBN-13 9781478604143ISBN-10 147860414X
ISBN-10 0881339067ISBN-13 9780881339062
Author(s): Douglas Raybeck
Publisher: Waveland Press
Copyright year: © 1996 Pages: 248

According to Raybeck, the solitary dictum that best characterizes fieldwork is “Things go awry.” In this spirited account of his time spent in Southeast Asia, Raybeck describes several adventures and misadventures involving field research, as well as the understanding, humility and bruises that these experiences leave behind. Since fieldwork is situated, Raybeck’s treatment also includes rich descriptions of Kelantanese society and culture, addressing such topics as kinship, linguistics, gender relations, economics, and political structures. Through the lively pages of this narrative, readers gain insight into the human dimension of the fieldwork undertaking, a sense of how the anthropologist builds rapport in a research setting, and how reliable information is obtained.