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Simultaneously, an exploration of how cumulative field experience leads to imaginative and intuitive interpretation would have been unsettling or irrelevant to the bureaucrats and politicians whom the research was intended to influence. Their received notions of research were and are still drenched in scientistic clichés. There are also intellectual reasons for the absence of earlier research descriptions. Few anthropologists by the late 1970s had devoted much space to a detailed description of fieldwork practice.

There are significant contrasts between anthropological and sociological empirical research, with implications for analysis. The two disciplines came from different contexts. Social anthropology was formerly associated with the study of non-western societies, mainly by westerners. Sociology’s empirical work was concerned mainly with western societies of which the sociologist was a member. Unlike the sociologist, the anthropologist could not take much as given, he or she could not isolate one theme extracted from a wider context, since the society as a whole was largely unknown to the researcher, and undocumented.

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