foreign versus domestic fieldwork

Shannon Adams (
Fri, 10 Jan 1997 15:45:47 -0800

This is something that I've been wondering about for a long time.
Should anthropologists (cultural) limit their studies to
foreign/exotic/pre-literate societies? Is there something of value that
anthropologists could contribute in a domestic study? What are the
hang-ups for an American anthropologist conducting fieldwork in America
(the political unit, no sly comments about doing work on the res.)? I
know a lot of people would claim this is the domain of a sociologist but
is it? Should it be?