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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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Grandmothers, Sharks, and Other Dangerous Things

Grandmothers, Sharks, and Other Dangerous Things

Persistent Crises in Mangareva, French Polynesia

(p.29) Grandmothers, Sharks, and Other Dangerous Things
At Home and in the Field

Alexander Mawyer

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter reflects on the funny predicament of being perceived as a viable husband for local women in Mangareva, in addition to returning readers to the serious dangers of fieldwork introduced in previous chapters. It also elaborates on some of the general nuanced knowledge that can be gleaned from attending to the everyday predicaments of fieldwork. These anecdotes serve not only to highlight the hazards of fieldwork and to highlight the fieldworker as an embodied, practically situated, socially embedded person with respect to the individualized pragmatic or psychological challenges of being there, but to set up a broader tension between the kinds of personal crises that characterize the predicaments of fieldwork with the sorts of persistent crises that draw many anthropologists to the field in the first place.

Keywords:   fieldwork dangers, fieldwork challenges, fieldwork anecdotes, Mangareva, French Polynesia, fieldworker

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