Surrender and Community Study: The Study of Loma
I was in ‘Loma’ in 1940, 1942, 1944, 1948, and 1960. Loma is a Community in northern New Mexico: a group of people whose lives are significantly bounded by that habitat (by the same walls, moenia). For a long time my question has been: what does this mean? More particularly, following my longest and most important stay in Loma, my questions have come to be: what did it mean to study these people? What was the nature of my research, my contact with Loma? What did it mean to collect ‘field notes’? What was their meaning? Who was I to have gone to Loma, what had I done there, what was I to have done? What had I inquired into? How had I gone about it, how was I to have gone about it?
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