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The Suicidal Wound and Fieldwork among Canadian Inuit

Lisa Stevenson

in Being There

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257757
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943438 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520257757.003.0003
The Suicidal Wound and Fieldwork among Canadian Inuit

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Fieldwork often occurs in the shadow of discursive certainties, ways of knowing and acting in the world that work to prevent doubt or uncertainty from emerging. This chapter deals with the research among Inuit youth during a suicide epidemic. It describes the narratives and stories of various natives of the Canadian Inuit youth. Inuit suicidality has much to do with excess and repetition, and the crisis it represents usually occurs after the procedures and protocols have long since been followed, after the nurses and doctors have already been seen. This therefore poses a great challenge as to how to proceed to curb this epidemic. This fieldwork has risen a question as to whether it is possible to articulate one's own desire for the life of an other without making that desire an imperative, allowing that other to risk his or her life.

Keywords: fieldwork; Canadian Inuit; suicide; youth; Inuit suicidality

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Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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