Working the Field: Accounts from French Louisiana
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:10/21/2009 - University Press of Mississippi
By: Jacques Henry, Sara Le Menestrel
Working the Field: Accounts from French Louisiana records reflections on the fieldwork conducted in French Louisiana by a group of anthropologists and folklorists from Louisiana, the United States, Canada, and France between the 1970s and 2000. Contributors cast a critical look at the core anthropological concepts of field informants, and knowledge. Reassessing, they propose that the field, identities, and knowledge acquired are not set entities but rather are a matter of construction. Personal profiles of the researchers (native or outsider, activist or academic, man or woman, black or white) contribute to frame the investigations. Essays also illustrate the shifting of these identities during and after the research in response to personal, relational, and political circumstances. This volume is a vital addition to the body of work on French Louisiana and Cajun and Creole Culture, and it provides an understanding of the true nature of anthropological fieldwork that is of great value to anyone attemmpting to research in a modern setting.