The Visible Fieldworker

This essay is concerned with the degree to which the image of the fieldworker as a thinking, feeling, and fragile human being has come to pervade the literature of Ethnomusicology, in the form of what is today known as 'Reflexive Ethnography'. The term 'Reflexive Ethnography' refers to any ethnography, or cultural study, involving fieldwork which reflects upon the personal feelings, impressions, etc., of the fieldworker, and the part these play in shaping the fieldwork process and its results. This essay is primarily concerned with examining the change in the perception of the fieldworker as moving from an 'invisible' to a 'visible' in status in the literature.

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Alexander Roberts