Photo/stories from the field: portrait of an ethnographer

Christos Varvantakis and Melissa Nolas explore what it means to be an ethnographer and do ethnographic research, highlighting the value of play as a research method

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Photo/stories from the field: inside out

Melissa Nolas shares an extract from her fieldnotes, where a reaction to a sarong in a window emblematizes the boundary work in ethnographic research

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Photo/stories from the field: do you obey your husband?

Melissa Nolas describes research encounters on the thresholds: fleeting feelings, conversations, and experiences on the way out the door

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Photo/stories from the field: encountering emotions in the field

Vinnarasan Aruldoss explores messy emotions in everyday life, and calls for a new framework to recognise the value of emotion and affect in research

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Photo/stories from the field: the traffic, fear, and the city

Vinnarasan Aruldoss reflects on how children’s experiences of public places impact everyday life, play, visiting friends, and navigating neighbourhoods

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Photo/stories from the field: lunch encounters and ethnographic distractions

Food, a full plate of memory, and an anthropology of not paying attention: Christos Varvantakis explores the materiality of food in research settings.

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Photo/stories from the field: those books of fieldwork and parenting you know don’t exist

Melissa Nolas explores some of the emotionality in fieldwork relationships of care and concern between researchers and participants

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Photo/stories from the field: the curtain as a signifier of ‘private’ and ‘public’ in the research space

Vinnarasan Aruldoss explores the ways participants create symbolically private and public spaces through material practices

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Photo/stories from the field: postcards and polaroids

Melissa Nolas describes the use of postcards and polaroids as a cultural intervention to challenge the dominant cultural narratives of childhood

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Photo/stories from the field: anonymous portraits and other practices in the ethics of representation

Melissa Nolas explores how the use of photography and anonymous portraits helped to overcome some of the challenges in the ethics of representation

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