Tattoos and Ankle Bracelets: Recalling Fieldwork in Romania,

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This article recapitulates the effect of my early fieldwork in socialist Romania, in which people's coping with bureaucracy through informal mechanisms of improvization, corruption, rumor creation, etc. come to mark by subsequent research interest, like a tatoo, and like the electronic ankle bracelet on the home prisoner, tend to pull me back into the same kind of theme, for better or for worse. Chapter in a volume on anthropologists working in Eastern Europe in the socialist period.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecalling Fieldwork: People, Places and Encounters
EditorsRaluca Mateoc
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherLIT Verlag
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978-3-643-80247-7
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameFreibourg Studies in Social Anthropology ISBN 978-3-643-80247-7
PublisherLIT Verlag

Bibliographical note

Revised manuscript accepted for publication. Book in Press

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social Anthropology

Free keywords

  • social anthropology
  • Romania
  • ethnography
  • fieldwork


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