Involved and Detached: Emotional Management in Fieldwork

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Using examples from fieldwork among armed groups in Congo and pre-1989 Romania, this article argues against the prevailing ethos of ethnographers engagement with the people they study, in favor of a dynamic between engagement and detachment, what we call 'emotional management'. Two examples from our fieldwork are given, Hedlund on fieldwork with armed groups, Sampson on his informants being haraased by the Romanian secret police.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Entanglements of Ethnographic Fieldwork in a Violent World
EditorsNerina Weiss, Linda Green, Erella Grassiani
Number of pages25
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022 Jun 1

Bibliographical note

Submitted book chapter, currently being reviewed by Routledge

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social Anthropology


  • Social Anthropology
  • Romania
  • Paranoia
  • ethnography
  • ethnographic fieldwork
  • Congo
  • Secret Police/Securitatea
  • surveillance
  • Emotions


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