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The Ethnographer and the People-Reflections on Field Work

Reflections on Field Work Vinay Kumar Srivastava Once it is agreed that a society should be studied as a whole for contextualising a specific problem, field work for the ethnographer becomes an experience of undergoing naiivisation in a different culture, with a different set of people. In such situations an episodic narration of encounters with respondents and the actions they carry out 'naturally' is a matter of anthropological reflexivity which an ethnographer should undertake in order to identify the impediments in the process of doing field work, to describe the strategies adopted for establishing relations with the people and, above all, to outline the process in which the self is comprehended in the background of the other This paper is such a narrative reflection on field work in Baiga Chak in the Satpura region of Madhya Pradesh.

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