Jumping Into the Field at the Deep End

By Peter Monaghan
The Chronicle

Pine_Art coverAs four recent books reveal, befuddling and even dangerous ethnographic research can be an engrossing read.

Dashes to safety over the Siberian steppes, fearful run-ins with colonial occupiers in West Papua, brushes with the shadowy camorra of Naples. Graduate students in mathematics, nuclear physics, or divinity don’t have to contend with the likes of those.

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