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.

Towards an Understanding of the Field within the Field: Researching Female Infanticide by Researching NGOs in Tamil Nadu

Towards an understanding of the field within the field: Researching female infanticide by researching NGOs in Tamil Nadu


In this chapter, I describe and reflect on some of my experiences of working with and through NGOs as a particular outcome of my ethnographic fieldwork on female infanticide and sex-selective abortions in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. These experiences range from the constraints on research to the possibilities of working with and through them. In particular, my objective is to highlight varied actions, strategies, routine practices and processes through which NGOs create and maintain their sovereign-territorial boundaries. Although the creation of such boundaries and processes are primarily ...

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