Here is a link to a book with a real original thought! The Lost Ethnographies. Most projects of course never get anywhere. For example last month I wrote a brief blog about my trip to Yangon, and why I though it seemed like an interesting and engaging city. I promised a follow-up blog about its putative relationship with the rest of Myanmar, particularly the areas in revolt, and the populations in diaspora. But I have yet to get around to it–so it is still a lost ethnography, I guess. To whet you appetite, the beginning hook will begin with how my Karen students evaluated non-violent resistance after reading Martin Luther King’s classic essay, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” Because that too is part of my “lost ethnography.” In the meantime, please enjoy the blog from the London School of Economics, which begins below!
Tony Waters, Chiangmai Thailand, April 1, 2019
Book Review: The Lost Ethnographies: Methodological Insights from Projects that Never Were edited by Robin James Smith and Sara Delamont
The Lost Ethnographies: Methodological Insights from Projects that Never Were. Robin James Smith and Sara Delamont (eds). Emerald Publishing. 2019.
I was seduced by the subtitle of this book: Methodological Insights from Projects that Never Were. Research methods, and research ethics, are my primary interests. This no doubt helped me to find the book engaging, but I think it was not the only reason. This book is wide-ranging and well-written. Each chapter has a distinct voice and those voices harmonise pleasantly into a whole, which points to diligent work by the editors, Robin James Smith and Sara Delamont.
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Tony Waters is czar and editor of Ethnography.com. He came to us from the Sociology department at California State University at Chico where he has been a professor since 1996. In 2016 though he suddenly found himself with a new gig at Payap University in northern Thailand where he is on the faculty of the Peace Studies Department. He has also been a guest professor in Germany, and Tanzania. In the past, his main interests have been international development and refugees in Thailand, Tanzania, and California. This reflects a former career in the Peace Corps (Thailand), and refugee camps (Thailand and Tanzania). His books include: Crime and Immigrant Youth (1999), Bureaucratizing the Good Samaritan (2001), The Persistence of Subsistence Agriculture: Life Beneath of the Marketplace (2007), When Killing is a Crime (2007), and Schooling, Bureaucracy, and Childhood: Bureaucratizing the Child (2012). His hobby is trying to learn strange languages–and the mistakes that that implies. Tony is a prolific academic, you can read more of his work at academia.edu.or purchase one (or more!) of his books from Amazon.com.