Friday, October 24, 2003

16th Oct – What really surprises me about INCITE is how different everyone’s approach is. Many project leaders recruit people in their own image but Nina obviously hasn’t.
Sat down with Adam today for an intro to ethnography chat. (Correct me if I wrong at any point Adam) There is only one methodology in anthropology which was really first explicitly written down in the 1950’s in a historically fascinating book called Argonaunts of the Western Pacific. Genevive Bell calls it “deep hanging out” which sounds like a great way to earn a living. Wanted to see Adam in action to try and understand his approach but due to the nature of his relationship with his subjects he’s not keen. Instead he suggested I do a couple of interviews myself and he (and kris) critique them. He suggested areas and questions and in some regard it reminded me of a TV research trawl – I think I’ll be rather good at that. However the part that still eludes me is how the data will be distilled down into insights into others lives. I spent 2 and a half years living and working in the Galapagos Islands and I didn’t leave with much of a sense that I had any meaningful insights into the Ecuadorian modus opernadi.