Fieldwork and anthropology:
"Living in the village with no other business but to follow native life, one sees the customs, ceremonies and transactions over and over again, one has examples of their beliefs as they are actually lived through, and the full body and blood of actual native life fills out soon the skeleton of abstract constructions.... As to the actual method of observing and recording in fieldwork these imponderabilia of actual life and of typical behaviour .... the main endeavour must be to let facts speak for themselves." Bronislaw Malinowski Argonauts of the Western Pacific, 18, 20
"It is by intimate, long-term acquaintance with culture groups that one gains insight...." Robert Redfield In Rubinstein, ed., Fieldwork, 126
"Without the continued grounding in the empirical that scientific aspects of our tradition provide, our interpretive efforts may float off into literary criticism and into particularistic forms of history. Without the interpretive tradition, the scientific tradition that grounds us will never get off the ground." Roy Rappaport "Cultural Anthropology's Future Agenda", 76
"Without an ethnographer, there is no ethnography ...." Paul Bohannan How Culture Works, 157
"Writing has emerged as central to what anthropologists do in the field and thereafter." James Clifford "Introduction," in Writing Culture, 2.