Down Country Lanes, Behind Abandoned Houses

Down Country Lanes, Behind Abandoned Houses

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Based on six years of extended ethnography in multiple agricultural areas of the Eastern United States, Down Country Lanes, Behind Abandoned Houses is a monograph which explores the lives of migrant ...
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Climb Up

Pp. 449-486 (38)

Keith V. Bletzer

Abstract

This chapter explores some behind-the-scenes aspects of fieldwork (team viewer approach). Presentation of the material serves as a textual break between the conclusion and the first ten chapters that examine facets of agricultural labor and drug/alcohol use. The chapter narrates a few situations experienced by the fieldworker, where encounter with law enforcement took place for whatever reason. A big idea in the later portions of the chapter is the strategy basic to ethnography of spending engaged time with “research subjects”.

Keywords:

Climb up, country lanes, deep alley, encounter, endearment, fieldworker, highway travel, lawful encounter, migrant travel, motor vehicle, performance stressor, possession, public relations, rapport, reflection, signals, story-telling, travel time, undercover, Work-Travel Study.

Affiliation:

School of Human Evolution and Social Change Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (USA)