Shifting Technologies of Reflection: Intergenerational Relationships and the Entanglements of Field and Home

This article focuses on the intergenerational gifts and relationships that have structured my experience of the flows between home and the field in order to highlight the deeply intersubjective and relational aspects of fieldwork. It considers the shifting technologies of reflection - the diverse fo...

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Published in:Fieldwork in religion
Subtitles:Special Issue: Shifting Sites, Shifting Selves: The Intersections of Homes and Fields in the Ethnography of India
Main Author: Allocco, Amy L.
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Equinox [2020]
In: Fieldwork in religion
Year: 2020, Volume: 15, Issue: 1/2, Pages: 159-179
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B India / Woman religious studies scholar / Field-research / Intersubjectivity / Reflection / Self-image / Home / Strangeness
IxTheo Classification:AA Study of religion
AD Sociology of religion; religious policy
ZA Social sciences
ZB Sociology
ZG Media studies; Digital media; Communication studies
Further subjects:B Fieldwork
B Ethnography
B Field
B Relationships
B Tamil Nadu
B Mentoring
B India
B Stevens, John C.: Home
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Summary:This article focuses on the intergenerational gifts and relationships that have structured my experience of the flows between home and the field in order to highlight the deeply intersubjective and relational aspects of fieldwork. It considers the shifting technologies of reflection - the diverse forms of field-writing that I produced at different stages as intertextual mediations of my fieldworlds -present in an archive chronicling twenty-five years of study and fieldwork in South India. Excavating this archive - which includes traditional fieldnotes, handwritten letters, creative essays, emails, voice memos and visual fieldnotes - has sharpened my awareness of the value of analyzing fieldwork experiences longitudinally and offers rich glimpses of everyday religion and gendered social relations. These materials underscore the interpenetrations of home and field, life and death, and self and other and prompt me to reaffirm my commitment to centering the crucial relationships that develop in these contexts in my scholarship, teaching and mentoring.
ISSN:1743-0623
Contains:Enthalten in: Fieldwork in religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1558/firn.18358