Tag: Reflections

Blurred lines and dead chooks in fieldwork

The Familiar Strange , August 2nd, 2020


My own fieldwork experience, like many others, demonstrates a blurring in what is ‘professional’ and ‘personal’, what is ‘leisure’ and ‘work’, whether you are researcher, student, or known…


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Ep. #27 TFS at AAA: Elevator pitches, problem labels, public anthropology, & estrangement in practice – Guest panel with Dr Esteban Gómez & Dr Carie Little Hersh

The Familiar Strange , November 25th, 2018


This month we bring you a special panel episode straight from the AAA (American Anthropological Association) Conference in San José, California. In this episode, our own Julia Brown…


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Fear and Loathing in Atlanta

Hilary Agro , April 28th, 2018


Content warning: racism, violence, mention of miscarriage. I was on my way to the airplane that would take me back home, to Canada. I boarded the train between…


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Being a grad student with ADHD: An ode to constant ontological uncertainty.

Hilary Agro , February 4th, 2017


[Hi. I’m back. I’m digressing from my usual topics to get a little cathartic and personal for a bit. Don’t worry, for the next post we’ll be back…


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Why abstinence-only drug education doesn’t work—in fact, it backfires spectacularly.

Hilary Agro , March 21st, 2016


I talked to a lot of middle-class recreational drug users for my research. None of them had any idea when they were younger that they’d end up dropping…


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The intangible narcotic: What does ‘vibe’ mean, really?

Hilary Agro , March 9th, 2016


There’s a term that comes up pretty frequently when talking about electronic music events. A search within my interviews (excepts from which are quoted here) and field notes…


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Feelings into words: Harvest Festival Part 2

Hilary Agro , February 10th, 2016


Describing, in words, what it’s like to be at a rave is one of the most difficult things I’ve had to do for my research. How can one…


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“Drugs are bad,” he said, sipping his beer: Legality vs. social acceptability

Hilary Agro , August 12th, 2015


I’ve found it highly interesting to hear drug users trash talk other drugs, even while they’re high on their own preferred substance. Gina* thinks that alcohol is the…


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A state of trance: Inner peace rising from chaos

Hilary Agro , July 14th, 2015


The experience of getting inside Sound Academy for Armin van Buuren was the low point of the night. After an evening of rain and dancing at the electronic…


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Psytrance, a world unto itself

Hilary Agro , July 1st, 2015


Most of what I knew about psytrance (psychedelic trance) raves before I actually went to one came from this article in Vice: Psytrance really is a counter-culture in…


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Eat, sleep, anth, repeat: It begins

Hilary Agro , June 15th, 2015


Sunglasses in the darkness. White shorts, no shirt. Perspiration shining on his skin in the wild, flashing lights. A familiar-looking backpack on his shoulders, strapped over his muscular…


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