Re: Being "ethnicized"

Cliff Sloane (cesloane@MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU)
Wed, 14 Dec 1994 13:12:01 -0600

On Wed, 14 Dec 1994, Harriet Whitehead wrote:

> Just a quick note on the "being ethnicized" by fieldwork thread. When I
> returned from the meat-and-fat scarce Papua New Guinea scene, in 1990, I
> was only about two weeks into my return "culture shock" when I
> accompanied a friend to the supermarket. There she explained to me that
> she had to purchase some skinnned chicken breasts for her cats. "You
> can't tell what they put in cat-food," she said. "Chicken breasts are OK
> if you remove the skin and fat where all the toxins build up." At that
> point I finally understood the meaning of the concept "capitalist
> decadence."!

This raises a question for me. Now, four plus years later, has your
shopping routine changed? Do your friends notice that you even shop
Everyone knows about re-entry shock. How many permanent changes in your
"habitus" can you attribute to fieldwork? Not just the initial
dislocations, but more deep-seated changes.