Chapter

The Field Situation

M.N. Srinivas

in The Remembered Village

Second edition

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077459
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081165 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077459.003.0002

Series: Oxford India Perennials Series

The Field Situation

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The first section of this chapter describes the Bullock House and its inhabitants. The headman set aside for the author and his companion three rooms in the Bullock House, one of the five houses he owned in Rampura. The second section describes the author's experience as a tenant, taking notes of its peculiarities, different from urban settings. Except the richest villagers, and the Brahmins and Lingayats, the others took their bath in the central courtyard. The third section describes how he tried to win friends in the village. The fourth section takes into account Putte Gowda's suggestion to move around the village and not settle with the opinions of a few people. The fifth section describes the villagers' curiosity. The next two sections describe the anthropologist as a Brahmin, as a respected outsider. The last section describes his failures as a fieldworker.

Keywords: Bullock House; Rampura; village house; village society; social relationships; Putte Gowda; Brahmin; anthropologist

Chapter.  18810 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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