Review: Robert V. Kemper & Anya Peterson Royce (Eds.) (2002). Chronicling Cultures: Long-term Field Research in Anthropology


  • Maximilian C. Forte University College of Cape Breton



ongitudinal research, restudies, revisits, long-term research, collaborative research, ethnography, rapport, methodology, temporality


Chronicling Cultures provides readers with detailed case histories of ethnographic projects that are long-term in duration, lasting decades in some cases and often involving multiple collaborators and new generations of researchers. The central theme of the text is that extended time spent in the field leads to both qualitative and quantitative transformations in research. Contributors to the volume examine these transform­ations with respect to the data gathering process, the theoretical outcomes of long-term research, the impacts on host communities and the many problems and benefits of spending extended time in the field through multiple revisits and restudies. The volume will be of especial interest to those interested in the history of anthropology and to a lesser degree those interested in field methods. Amongst the shortcomings of the volume are its somewhat loose thematic organization, the overly descriptive nature of many of the contributions, the narrow range of cases selected and the lack of diverse perspectives. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0401242


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Author Biography

Maximilian C. Forte, University College of Cape Breton

Dr. Maximilian C. FORTE is an Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the University College of Cape Breton, Canada. He has conducted ethnographic field research over several years in Trinidad & Tobago and is the current editor of Kacike: The Journal of Caribbean Amerindian History and Anthropology ( and directs the Caribbean Amerindian Centrelink( He has published papers on virtual research ethics and online research methodology. Previously in FQS he has published the review essay "Is it Real? Problems and Prospects of Research in the Real World" (




How to Cite

Forte, M. C. (2004). Review: Robert V. Kemper & Anya Peterson Royce (Eds.) (2002). Chronicling Cultures: Long-term Field Research in Anthropology. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 5(1).



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