Field Projects in Anthropology: A Student Handbook by Julia G. Crane, Michael V. Angrosino
200 pages, $24.95 list
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Field Projects in Anthropology
A Student Handbook
Third Edition
Building on the success of previous editions, this test offers students a very practical, down-to-earth approach to the methods and key issues involved in dong ethnographic research. Although not intended as a complete manual of field techniques, it does present a series of fourteen projects that represent some of the most common data collection techniques used by anthropologists. In carrying out the projects, students learn something about how and when to apply such techniques, or variants of them, in the field situation.

The authors’ clear and useful guidelines are a welcome rite of passage to developing this field experience. The text is imaginable, practical, versatile, and stimulating—offering unique coverage of topics, an illustrative approach, and a succinctness that has made it a widely read book for nearly two decades. Most importantly, Field Projects in Anthropology, 3/E motivates students to learn about other cultures and to develop new perspectives about their own. The projects are clearly written, short enough and varied enough to hold the reader’s attention, and to the point. They are also versatile, allowing sufficient leeway to modify or amplify the method to suit individual research needs.
Table of Contents
The Projects
1. Proxemics
2. Making Maps
3. Charting Kinship
4. Interviewing Informants
5. Participant Observation
6. Collecting Life Histories
7. Using Personal Documentation
8. Digging into Cultural History
9. Analyzing Folklore Content
10. Doing Ethnosemantic Research
11. Designing a Survey
12. Studying Formal Organization
13. Taking Photographs
14. Planning a Community Study