With contributions from leading researchers in the fields of anthropology, ethnomusicology, and folklore, this volume contains personal, imaginative accounts of ethnographic fieldwork that do not fit into a traditional scholarly context, yet are a vital part of research. Some pieces are engaging autobiographical accounts of ethnographers' experiences in the field, while others are fictional narratives. These tales take readers to a range of locales, offering richly detailed portraits of informants, local cultures, and life in the field.
"What most recommends [this] is the quality and care with which the individual contributions have been produced.there is not a weak or superfluous piece among them." -- George Marcus, Rice University
"These ethnographic 'outtakes' vividly demonstrate how ethnographers and the people they write about brush against one another in a complex interpolation of exterior and interior realities. This volume is a pleasure to read: truly enjoyable, deeply moving, and full of solid scholarship." -- Marina Roseman, Pacific Graduate Center
"Resonant, provocative, and genre-bending, these pieces capture - and at times engender anew for readers - those moments of recognition, misrecognition, and indeterminacy frequent in ethnographic engagement. A lively and significant contribution and one that raises questions of real consequence with élan and principled imagination." -- Don Brenneis, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz.
"While the book presents a collection of works in very diffrent styles, editors Emoff and Henderson have done an excellent job combining these diverse species of ethnographic narrative into a meaningful and provocative volume." -- Anthropology & Education Quarterly