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Taking Sides


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Introduction: The Ethics of Taking Sides Heidi Armbruster Chapter 1. Starting from Below: Fieldwork, Gender and Imperialism Now Nancy Lindisfarne Chapter 2. Arriving in Nowhere Land. Studying an Islamic Sufi Order in London Tayfun Atay Chapter 3. Friendships and Encounters within Left-Liberal Politics in Bangladesh Nayanika Mookherjee Chapter 4. Doing Fieldwork within Fear and Silences Panagiotis Geros Chapter 5. Memory, Ethics, Politics. Researching a Beleaguered Community Heidi Armbruster Chapter 6. Confessions of a Downbeat Anthropologist Anna Larke Chapter 7. We Will not Integrate! Multiple Belongings, Political Activism and Anthropology in Austria Sabine Strasser Chapter 8. Taking Sides in the Oilfields. For a Politically Engaged Anthropology Heike Schaumberg Chapter 9. Ranting and Silence. The Contradictions of Writing for Activists and Academics Jonathan Neale Bibliography Index

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Heidi Armbruster holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology from SOAS in London. She is a lecturer in German and Transnational Studies at the University of Southampton. Anna Larke holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology from SOAS, University of London. She is a Research Fellow at The Open University and independent evaluator of Children's Fund services in Milton Keynes.


"A grippingly honest account of the dilemmas of being an engages anthropologist in a world where taking sides has become increasingly complex. These courageous authors strip back the mask of objectivity in fieldwork and confront head-on the limits of empathy and the sometimes disturbing ethical conditions under which they obtained their knowledge. An original and powerful call for partiality despite the pitfalls. A must-read for all aspiring anthropologists." * Jenny B. White, Boston University "An ambitious and satisfying collection that conjoins anthropologists' political and ethical commitments to the worlds they study, inhabit and engage. Taking Sides shows the limits of some strands of postmodern reflexivity, moves political contexts to the fore, and illustrates how anthropology can move beyond critical analysis to praxis." * David Price, Associate Professor of anthropology and sociology at St. Martin's University, in Lacey, Washington An outstanding collection of essays that both instruct and provoke. They exemplify the virtues of politically engaged anthropology and invite the reader to reflect critically on what it means to be a scholar in today's conflict-torn world. Illuminating for the specialist and the non-specialist alike.A" * Alex Callinicos, Professor of European Studies French Department King's College London Strand

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