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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Pp. 449-486 (38)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681081045115010014

Author(s): Keith V. Bletzer


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”.


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