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Frontier Ethnographies

Deconstructing Research Experiences in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Edited by Nafay Choudhury and Annika Schmeding

236 pages, 29 ills., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-759-5 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (November 2024)

eISBN 978-1-80539-760-1 eBook Not Yet Published

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“There is a great deal to commend this volume … there is no other collection of essays by fieldworkers who have worked in the region that addresses the dynamics of conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Pakistan and Afghanistan.” • Magnus Marsden, University of Sussex

“I think this volume is one of the first groundbreaking editions to question conventional knowledge production based on ‘ethnographies’.” • Katja Mielke, Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies


Ethnography destabilizes the notion of the frontier as merely a geographic space and conveys its limitations—that lead researchers to reflect on their methodological approaches. Frontier Ethnographies explores the ethnographic edges of contemporary anthropological inquiry in Afghanistan and Pakistan by assembling voices of emerging scholars who have conducted field research within the region in the past two decades. Through examining moments of insecurity, vulnerability, doubt, fear, failure, and daydreaming, researchers reflect on their own experiences of field research and how—faced with frontiers—they have been forced to reimagine or reconstruct their understanding of the social world.

Nafay Choudhury is a British Academy Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. He has won several international prizes for his writings on legal pluralism and private governance, including the Socio-Legal Studies Association Article Prize and the Asian Law and Society Association Article Award.

Annika Schmeding is a Senior Researcher at the NIOD—Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam. Her previous research earned theDutch National Master Thesis Prize in Asian Studies and the Leiden University Thesis Award. Her most recent publication is Sufi Civilities: Religious Authority and Political Change in Afghanistan (Stanford University Press, 2023).

Subject: Theory and MethodologyPolitical and Economic Anthropology
Area: Asia


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