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At Home and in the FieldEthnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands$
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Suzanne S. Finney, Mary Mostafanezhad, Guido Carlo Pigliasco, and Forrest Wade Young

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824847593

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.001.0001

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Attacked in the Field

Attacked in the Field

Encountering a Street Gang While Studying Peace in Java

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At Home and in the Field

Jaida Kim Samudra

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter reflects on a close encounter with street violence during a multisited fieldwork on a transnational martial art in Indonesia—silat. Though initially traumatized, the author ultimately conceives the experience as fundamental to becoming an insider within the White Crane Silat (WCS) martial-art community. The story also discusses the hazards of fieldwork—from the physical hazards such as the lack of access to certain amenities or the risk of disease; to the psychological ones that cover isolation, paranoia, and most of all culture shock. Such dangers are apparent even as the usual venues of fieldwork have moved on from the more remote locations of previous ethnographic ventures to the more immediate, urban settings.

Keywords:   street violence, fieldwork dangers, silat, White Crane Silat, WCS, martial arts, culture shock, urban fieldwork, Indonesia, Java

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