Carolyn Nordstrom and Antonius C. G. M. Robben

in Fieldwork Under Fire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1996 | ISBN: 9780520089938
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520915718 | DOI:

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Attentiveness to the ethical responsibilities of anthropologists raises the question of where research ends and personal involvement begins. This chapter looks at ethnographic research of Euzkadi Ta Azkatasuna (ETA) violence in the author's native Basque land. For him, it is also an autobiographical search that brings him face-to-face with the ethical dilemma of being both a privileged scholarly outsider and a neighborly cultural insider. His boyhood friends from the town of Itziar have become prominent members of the ETA, and he wonders how he, like the PCSI of the community, can reconcile these conflicting images of the political activists as heroes and terrorists.

Keywords: personal involvement; ETA violence; Basque; Itziar; political activists

Chapter.  7540 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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