In the past ten years there has been a shift in the field of anthropology towards working with and studying organisations. Anthropologists Inside Organisations addresses this need by bringing together seven diverse case studies based in/on South Asian countries, analysing how anthropologists have negotiated issues that arise from interacting with organisations. The book emphasises methodology and fresh empirical research. It also provides rich and detailed examples of how different researchers have managed to work within constraints imposed by organizations.
Chapter 1: Anthropologists Working with and in Organisations
Anthropologists Working with and in Organisations
Why Read This?
The nature and scope of social anthropology is changing. In the past ten years, there has been a shift in the field of anthropology towards working with and studying organisations. From understanding the ‘culture’ of powerful institutions like the World Bank and World Trade Organization to working with local organisations to studying health promoting strategies, an increasing number of research projects are focusing on institutions of power. However, as anthropologists turn their gaze towards studying and working with organisations, conflicts arise, since unlike other social science methods, ethnographic fieldwork requires long-term engagement with an emphasis on participant–observation and the development of a working relationship with the organisation itself.
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