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6062 -- WEIßKÖPPEL, CORDULA

Kreuz und quer. Zur Theorie und Praxis der multi-sited ethnography
Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 130.2005:45-68

##Moving across: Looking at multi-sited ethnography in theory and practice
The multi-sited style of ethnography is increasingly used by contemporary anthropologists who are conducting research under circumstances of globalization. Therefore the author introduces into the theoretical outlines of a multi-sited style of ethnography (published by George Marcus in 1995) in order to reflect on her practical experiences with a multi-sited design in her recent research on the Sudanese diaspora in Germany. She emphasizes that the term "multi-sited" shouldn't be misunderstood as conducting fieldwork at different localities, but means to use a wide range of research strategies with which one moves across multiple sites of cultural meaning production. Discussing advantages and disadvantages of the multi-sited style compared with the conventional, stationary style of anthropological fieldwork she observes that the professional imaginary on what has been internalized about standards of doing "good" fieldwork will be changed only slowly by this new style. Finally, the author gives three examples of "tracks of understanding" which improved her research process moving between several cultural sites, thus she got an idea about what it really means for Sudanese living in diaspora.##

Keywords: multi-sited ethnographv, changing imaginary of fieldwork, Sudanese diaspora, diaspora, fieldwork, meaning

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