Up in Nipigon Country

Anthropology as a Personal Experience

by Edward J. Hedican  

Fieldwork, once regarded as an essential pillar of social anthropology, has come under attack, especially from the post-modern school. Hedigan argues that for many in the discipline, an anthropology without fieldwork would appear to be a hollow, meaningless experience, devoid of its central epistemological value. This book, drawing on the author’s fieldwork experience among Ojibwa people in Northern Ontario, explores post-modernism’s critique of fieldwork and fieldwork’s contribution to modern anthropology.

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  • December 2000
  • ISBN: 9781552660461
  • 192 pages
  • $29.95
  • For sale worldwide

About the book

Fieldwork, once regarded as an essential pillar of social anthropology, has come under attack, especially from the post-modern school. Hedigan argues that for many in the discipline, an anthropology without fieldwork would appear to be a hollow, meaningless experience, devoid of its central epistemological value. This book, drawing on the author’s fieldwork experience among Ojibwa people in Northern Ontario, explores post-modernism’s critique of fieldwork and fieldwork’s contribution to modern anthropology.

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Contents

  • Preface
  • Fieldwork in Anthropology
  • Research in Nipigon Country
  • Collins: Life on the Rail Line
  • Armstrong: A CNR Town
  • Up at Whitewater Lake
  • Spirituality: The Hidden Reality
  • Back at McGill
  • Conclusion: Experience and Fieldwork
  • References

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