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

Pertierra, Anna Cristina (2010). Anthropology that warms your heart: On being a bride in the field. In Erin B. Taylor (Ed.), Fieldwork identities in the Caribbean (pp. 173-196) Coconut Creek, Florida USA: Caribbean Studies Press.

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Author Pertierra, Anna Cristina
Title of chapter Anthropology that warms your heart: On being a bride in the field
Title of book Fieldwork identities in the Caribbean
Place of Publication Coconut Creek, Florida USA
Publisher Caribbean Studies Press
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781584326007
Editor Erin B. Taylor
Chapter number 8
Start page 173
End page 196
Total pages 24
Total chapters 10
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract/Summary 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.
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