Anthropology that warms your heart: on being a bride in the field

Pertierra, Anna Cristina (2007) Anthropology that warms your heart: on being a bride in the field. Anthropology Matters Journal, 9 1: 1-14.

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Author Pertierra, Anna Cristina
Title Anthropology that warms your heart: on being a bride in the field
Journal name Anthropology Matters Journal
ISSN 1758-6453
Publication date 2007-11-21
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 9
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Place of publication London, England
Publisher Anthropology Matters
Language eng
Subject 1601 Anthropology
Formatted abstract
This paper reflects upon the difficult entanglement of personal and professional identities that I experienced when getting married during doctoral fieldwork. In addition to producing insights for my ethnographic data, the process of marrying, and the planning of a wedding, transformed my understanding of my relationship to informants, requiring me to re-examine my previously unconscious distance between my 'fieldwork life' and my 'real life'. Falling in love in the field, under the watchful gaze of informants and beyond the gaze of home, obliged me to challenge distinctions I had unintentionally made between an intellectual, anthropological involvement with Cuban culture, and an emotional, aesthetic and personal distance from Cuban culture. At the same time, I concluded that such artificial distinctions between 'field' and 'life' were in themselves necessary and productive strategies to manage the emotional challenges of extended fieldwork.
Keyword Ethnographic field work in Cuba
Emotional challenges of fieldwork
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Electronic Journal

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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