On Being Too Close to It

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This essay explores the dominant expectations of “objectivity” and “distance” that continue to penetrate classrooms and academic journals, and conferences and public spaces. In the process, I argue, they (re)produce everyday violences that stretch their slippery tentacles, keeping in suspension those who think, feel, write, and relate otherwise. In order to trace the lived effects of these processes, I focus here on several instances, their articulations and permutations, where I and those close to me were reminded, suspected, even accused—jokingly, scoldingly, teasingly, lovingly, and/or violently—of “being too close to it.” Here, “it” stands for a geographical location (“the field”), lived experience, and particular sensibility, struggle, and commitment that comes from being proximate—nationally/ethnically, geographically, politically, and affectively—to the field/home.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number76
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2023


  • anthropology
  • field
  • fieldwork
  • halfie
  • home
  • native
  • other
  • self
  • violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)


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