|Anthropologist at work.|
Participant-observation is anthropologists’ preferred method of gathering data. Basically, we live among the people we study and take part in their lives. In this blog, I explain participant-observation by taking the example of my co-researcher, Dr Monika Winarnita.
|Participating and observing.|
|In Perth, Australia, 2007|
|Participating in daily life on Home Island.|
|Making a family tree.|
|Chatting with Nek Iman|
Why do anthropologists do participant-observation? We think it helps us 'put ourselves in their shoes'--to understand the world from the perspective of the people we study. We hope to experience how they understand the world and their place in it and how the society they act within is ordered. The aim is to contribute to understanding cultural and social aspects of being human. Many anthropologists find the experience of fieldwork extremely challenging and rewarding--for many, it changes their lives in profoundly positive ways.
|Family meal with Haji Wahibb, Hajah Atie and their son Alfin.|