Early impressions of a field area and the emplacement of the anthropologist within it are significant. Analyses emerge out of this experience in dialogue with contemporary theoretical paradigms and fashions. We adduce examples from Papua New Guinea and Scotland. Emplacement is also important for people in general. We provide three case histories by other authors that illuminate how senses of emplacement are connected to the formation of identities, among diaspora Tokelau Pacific Islanders in New Zealand, and among indigenous communities in Australia and elsewhere.


Indigenous Community Winter Solstice Island Society Ring Site Private Memory 
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© Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew J. Strathern 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pamela J. Stewart
    • 1
  • Andrew J. Strathern
    • 2
  1. 1.University of PittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of PittsburghUSA

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