Reconsidering Fieldwork, an Introduction: Confronting Tensions in Fieldwork and Theory

  title={Reconsidering Fieldwork, an Introduction: Confronting Tensions in Fieldwork and Theory},
  author={Hannah Cobb and Oliver J.T. Harris and Cara Jones and Philip Richardson},
The boat returns to its noost providing a spectacular view of the croft. All is in order, ready for the coming winter, the peat is cut and the animals graze by the shore. The house stands on a small knoll overlooking the sea at Tobha Beag. A warm light flickers in one of its narrow windows and smoke drifts across the bay from its chimney. A stone outhouse lies within the well maintained vegetable plot and a lambing pen stands empty, awaiting the coming spring. 

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  • O. Harris
  • Sociology, Philosophy
    History of the Human Sciences
  • 2018
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  • 2018
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  • Philosophy
    Archaeological Dialogues
  • 2018
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