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Hughes, Geoffrey and Walter, Anna-Maria ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7629-3258 (March 2021): Staying Tuned. Connections beyond 'the Field'. In: Social Analysis, Vol. 65, No. 1: pp. 89-102 [PDF, 1MB]


Ethnographers today find themselves experimenting with new approaches to digital ethnography amid pandemic-related restrictions on research. Yet such developments only accelerate a broader trend toward the dissolution of the traditional ethnographic ‘field’ due to new com-munications technologies and the emergence of a globalized ‘knowledge economy’. Through six contributions from around the world, this forum explores how the emergence of a more diffuse, interconnected ethno-graphic field is impacting fieldwork’s status as a rite of passage, creating new affective entanglements and shifting power relationships between researchers and participants. Despite the potential for influence and surveillance that new technologies cede to already powerful institutions, the discussions underline how ethnographic interlocutors are auteurs in their own right—and that ethnographers are also often bit characters in other people’s stories.

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