Encounters: Experience and Anthropological Knowledge
Series Editor: John Borneman
Encounters: Experience and Anthropological Knowledge is a series that examines
ﬁeldwork experiences of contemporary anthropologists. It aims to render into
vivid and accessible prose the insights gained from ﬁeldwork on topics such as
money, violence, sex and food. These shortcollections of essays are committed to:
the subjective quality of sensual experience, tied to a particular time and place;
curiosity in difference itself, in translating the strange, foreign or unassimilable;
storytelling that contributes both to the documentary function of the ethnographic encounter and to analytical potential.
Previously published in this series:
Edited by Stefan Senders and Allison Truit
Oxford • New York
First published in 2009
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© Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi 2009
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Violence : ethnographic encounters / edited by Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-1-84788-416-9 (pbk. : alk. paper) — ISBN978-1-84788-417-6
(cloth : alk. paper) 1. Violence. 2. Ethnology—Fieldwork. 3. Political
violence. 4. Ethnic conﬂict. I. Ghassem-Fachandi, Parvis.
British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data
A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.
ISBN 978 1 84788 417 6 (Cloth)
978 1 84788 416 9 (Paper)
Typeset by Avocet Typeset,Chilton, Aylesbury, Bucks
Printed in the United Kingdom by MPG Biddles Ltd, King’s Lynn
Notes on Contributors
1 Written on My Body
Billie Jean Isbell
2 Bandh in Ahmedabad
3 Fieldwork and Fear in Iraqi Kurdistan
4 The Sense of War Songs
5 Sleeping with One Eye Open
6 A Hell of a Party
7 Arriving in Jewish Buenos Aires
8 Dreamwork and Punishment in Lebanon
9 Unwelcomed and Unwelcoming Encounters
vi • Contents
10 Guide to FurtherReading
Notes on Contributors
John Borneman teaches anthropology at Princeton University. He has done ﬁeldwork in Germany, Central Europe, Syria, and Lebanon and has published widely
on issues of kinship, sexuality, nationality, justice and political form. His most
recent ethnographic study is Syrian Episodes: Sons,Fathers, and an Anthropologist in Aleppo (2007).
Kristen Drybread teaches anthropology at Columbia University, where she
recently completed her Ph.D. In addition to studying relationships between incarceration, identity, masculinity and justice among male prisoners in a Brazilian
juvenile detention facility, she has conducted research on issues of immigration,
nationality, human rights, and childhoodsocialization. She has conducted ethnographic research in Indonesia, Brazil and, most recently, in New York City. Grants
from the Wenner-Gren, Fulbright Hays, Firestone, and Woodrow Wilson
Foundations made possible her ﬁeld research in Brazil.
Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi teaches in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers
University in New Jersey. Born in the divided former West Berlin, he...