1 Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Københavns Universitet 2 Institut for Antropologi, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Københavns Universitet 3 Institut for Antropologi, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Københavns Universitet
In this article I explore links between fieldwork experience and different conceptions of time as they are encountered in what I term 'episodic fieldwork'. I use 'episodic' to emphasize the importance of absence and return for fieldwork relationships and the ethnographies that are founded on these relationships. I draw on Simmel's concept of sociability to explore the significance of the recurring updates that are so much a part of long-term and thus episodic fieldwork. Updating suggests participation, positionality, and transformation-as well as play and familiarity. The presumption of familiarity, which is at the heart of sociability, becomes a tool for exploring time and new social experiences and the ways in which chronology is interwoven with shifting social positions. © Berghahn Journals.
Social Analysis, 2013, Vol 57, Issue 1, p. 110-121
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