Southeast Asian Studies Vol 5. No. 1 of 2016

"This book brings honest, critical, and nuanced perspectives to the project of reflexive thinking on the processes and implications of doing ethnography.

Because the state is so ubiquitous in Vietnam, China, and Laos, this book provides multiple windows on how complex, subtle, yet powerful that state presence is.

"This book brings honest, critical, and nuanced perspectives to the project of reflexive thinking on the processes and implications of doing ethnography.

Because the state is so ubiquitous in Vietnam, China, and Laos, this book provides multiple windows on how complex, subtle, yet powerful that state presence is.

The authors’ narratives of their relationships with officials, informants, assistants, community leaders, with whom they have often developed intimate and emotional ties, capture the special complexities of their positionality.

These stories will be extremely helpful for young researchers trying to prepare for the unpreparable, as well as experienced fieldworkers who face similar administrative, emotional, and ethical dilemmas in their ethnographic lives."

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