Questions from the field anthropological self-reflexivity through the eyes of study participants

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Although there is nothing new about how anthropologists can be the observed instead of simply being the observer and that they can also be interviewed while interviewing, no one has studied the kinds of questions they receive from the people that they study and interact with in the field. Questions that research participants ask the anthropologists during fieldwork provide a critical way to reflect upon historical and persistent issues related to fieldwork, such as positionality, self-reflexivity and methodology. Based on fourteen months of multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork among two Hmong communities in Laos and the United States, this article examines some of the questions I received from the people in my study and suggests that anthropologists need to pay more critical attention to these questions as a source of self-reflexivity and positionality in the process of ethnographic writing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-42
Number of pages4
JournalAnthropology in Action
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Fieldwork methodology
  • Hmong diaspora
  • Laos and the United States
  • Positionality
  • Questions from study participants
  • Self-reflexivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology


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