Fieldnotes: The Makings of Anthropology

By Roger Sanjek | Go to book overview

NANCY LUTKEHAUS


Refractions of Reality: On the Use
of Other Ethnographers' Fieldnotes

Both the late British anthropologist Camilla Wedgwood and I have carried out field research in the same village on Manam, a small island off the northeast coast of Papua New Guinea. I have had the benefit of her fieldnotes, in addition to the handful of her published papers, as a source of historical and ethnographic data to supplement my own. Because I had wanted to study the historical dynamics of political and

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The archival research and fieldwork that gave me the opportunity to use Wedgwood's notes were funded by a Fulbright-Hayes ( Australian-American Educational Foundation) fellowship, the National Institutes of Mental Health, and the Institute for Intercultural Studies. I thank the Archivist at the University of Sydney, Mr. Kenneth Smith, for permission to reproduce sections from Malinowski's letter to Camilla Wedgwood and portions from her notebooks; Marie Reay for her comments and advice regarding Wedgwood and her Manam material; and the late Peter Lawrence for arranging access to the Wedgwood papers at the Australian National University. The department of anthropology at the Research School of Pacific Studies, with which I was affiliated while in Australia, generously provided office space and support. I also thank Sir Raymond Firth, Gelya Frank, David Lipset, Rhoda Metraux, Roger Sanjek, Ann Stoler, and Michael Young for their incisive comments and helpful suggestions on an earlier version of this essay.

Portions of Malinowski's letters to Wedgwood are printed with the permission of his daughter, Helena Wayne.

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