Handbook for Folklore and Ethnomusicology Fieldwork
Published by: Indiana University Press
Handbook for Folklore and Ethnomusicology Fieldwork offers a comprehensive review of the ethnographic process for developing a project, implementing the plan, and completing and preserving the data collected. Throughout, readers will find a detailed methodology for conducting different types of fieldwork such as digital ethnography or episodic research, tips and tricks for key elements like budgeting and funding, and practical advice and examples gleaned from the authors own fieldwork experiences. This handbook also helps fieldworkers fully grasp and understand the ways in which power, gender, ethnicity, and other identity categories are ever present in fieldwork and guides students to think through these dynamics at each stage of research. Written accessibly for lay researchers working in different mediums and on projects of varying size, this step-by-step manual will prepare the reader for the excitement, challenges, and rewards of ethnographic research.
A soup to nuts guide that recognizes the multiple ways in which ethnographic research is conducted in different settings and renders them all legitimate. Handbook for Folklore and Ethnomusicology Fieldwork dismantles the assumption that only immersive fieldwork counts and it offers suggestions for how to successfully organize and conduct episodic (dipping in and out of the field) research, which is much more typical of undergraduate student projects as well as of public folklore and community-based collaborative projects.~Katherine Borland, author of Unmasking Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Nicaraguan Festival
A much-needed handbook for those teaching folklore and ethnomusicology fieldwork at various levels. The authors offer practical advice grounded in their own experiences and tactfully but seriously address issues of positionality, power, and ethics in ways that demonstrate how central such issues are in all stages of a fieldwork project.~Ann K. Ferrell, author of Burley: Kentucky Tobacco in a New Century