Saldanha and Klopfer “On Seeing Monkeys, Cows, and Beggars: Between Ethnography and Tourism” (2014)
Saldhana and Klopfer suggest that how you dress, and even how you sit or stand can affect one’s relationship with research subjects. How might such concerns make fieldwork very difficult?
How does ethnography differ from what the Saldhana and Klopfer call “research tourism”?
Briefly summarize two cultural encounters that the authors find problematic. What does this suggest about the challenges of studying and understanding other people’s cultures?
Bourgois, Crack in Spanish Harlem (1989)
What role does racism play in the reproduction of the culture of drugs and addiction described by Bourgois?
What is the “cultural logic” behind expressions of violence in the culture Bourgois describes?
Why does Bourgois argue that drug dealers in Spanish Harlem are pursuing the American Dream?
Mulock, Ethnography in Awkward Spaces: An Anthropology of Cultural Borrowing
Briefly describe the kind of “cultural borrowing” that Mulock explores in this article. Why is such borrowing problematic?
Why did the author hesitate to carry out research among Australian aborigines (indigenous Australians)?
What insights does this provide into the way culture is appropriated by New Age groups. What motivates white Australians to participate in such appropriation?
Briefly describe how the author undertook her field research. Why did she find it so “awkward”?
Anna is a 13-year-old girl from a middle-class family in Rhode Island. Her father, Brian, is a firefighter, and her mother, Sara, is a housewife who used to be a lawyer. Her two older siblings are Jesse and Kate. Jesse is an adult who has had a troubled past and lives in an apartment at the family house. Kate is 16 and has recuperated from leukemia, but the treatments have hurt her kidneys, and she needs a kidney transplant. Anna is a natural choice for the donor because she was conceived to help Kate medically and has made donations to her throughout her life. Anna seeks help from a lawyer, Campbell Alexander, to gain control over her body so she can stop being a donor to Kate. Anna is more mature than her age and often ponders deep questions about her sister’s illness and her role in it. Anna struggles with her decisions, and even though she has her outbursts, she is very close to her sister, and at the hearing, she admits that it was Kate who made her decide to instigate the suit. What seemed to be a selfish act of a child was really the love of a sister. Although Kate’s illness has prevented her from having a normal life, Anna is close to Kate and the rest of her family. She is on the opposite side from her mother in the case, but they are still a close mother and daughter. Her father tries to look after her as well as Kate, and she bonds with Jesse because they both feel like they don’t fit in. Anna’s business relationship with Campbell grows into a more personal one. She is with him in the wreck that ultimately kills her. She does donate the kidney while dying and at Campbell’s request. At the hearing, she stood up for herself and her sister and ended up saving her sister’s life, anyway. Anna, who had always felt invisible in her family, ends up being a heroine. Campbell Alexander Campbell is the lawyer Anna Fitzgerald asks to represent her in her lawsuit against her parents. He seems cold and calculating at first by being single-minded about Anna’s case and pandering to the media. He has a guide dog, but he will not explain the animal’s purpose. He makes jokes when people ask him about it. His softer side is revealed through Julia, Anna’s guardian ad litem, and the flashbacks to their teen romance. He is the product of a wealthy background with parents who are shallow. His epilepsy and, therefore, the reason for the dog, is revealed in court. Although he wins the case, he feels for both sides and when faced with deciding to donate Anna’s organs, he makes sure Kate is the kidney recipient. He left Julia all those years ago because he did not want her to have to deal with his condition, but Julia chooses to stay with him. He marries her. Sara Fitzgerald>GET ANSWER