Society for Applied Anthropology. Annual Meeting vol:64
Society for Applied Anthropology. Annual Meeting edition:64 location:Dallas, USA date:31 March - 4 April 2004
While doing fieldwork abroad, ethnographers are surrounded by other ‘outsiders’ who sometimes play very similar roles, at least in the eyes of local ‘insiders’. Anthropologists themselves also play different roles, the obvious role of ethnographer being only one among others. Based on recent research on tourism undertaken in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, this paper gives a personal account of the difficulties that can be encountered ‘in the field’ when positioning oneself as ethnographer. Some anthropologists have suggested that advocacy work is a key element to justify their fieldwork, both for the communities they are working with and the broader public. Taking the point of view of a student-ethnographer, for whom doing fieldwork is a degree requirement and not easily combined with advocacy ‘in the field’, this paper explores other possibilities of being an engaged student-anthropologist.