The Doing of Anthropology

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:
The Doing of Anthropology

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This chapter discusses a few letters from the field by the anthropologist Myrna Mack as a tribute to all anthropologists who have been killed while conducting research. Mack died in 1990 at the hands of Guatemalan soldiers in downtown Guatemala City as she left her office to go home. Her crime: working to uncover the stories of Guatemalans living under political repression. The letters are prefaced by Elizabeth Oglesby, who worked with Mack for five years in Guatemala before her murder. Mack's story chronicles both the tragedy and the community that surrounds scholars working on issues of socio-political violence.

Keywords: Myrna Mack; murder; anthropologists; political repression; Guatemalan soldiers; socio-political violence; Elizabeth Oglesby

Chapter.  2606 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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