Welcome to Anthropology at Home, my blog about doing anthropology at home. I’ll share my work in studying the economics of families and households, as well as thoughts and opinions on relevant topics in the social sciences and the world around me. I chose the title because it describes my work on so many levels–
- Because I study household economies, I am primarily (optimally) encountering informants “at home.” I work where they live, asking questions about the most intimate details of their private lives and relationships. This presents a number of problems for research methods–many people will talk with more openness about their sex lives than about their financial practices.
- I did my fieldwork “at home,” on the coast of Maine, and I believe anthropologists have much to learn from studying at home, in our native cultures.
- Finally, I am an independent scholar, so this blog is an opportunity for me to share my work with others.
While I’m an experienced ethnographer and writer, I freely admit to being a neophyte blogger. I hope potential followers will bear with me as I learn the culture of blogging and navigate the technical world of widgets and gravatars. It’s like fieldwork all over again!