Sat down with Adam today for an intro to ethnography chat. (Correct me if I wrong at any point Adam) There is only one methodology in anthropology which was really first explicitly written down in the 1950’s in a historically fascinating book called Argonaunts of the Western Pacific. Genevive Bell calls it “deep hanging out” which sounds like a great way to earn a living. Wanted to see Adam in action to try and understand his approach but due to the nature of his relationship with his subjects he’s not keen. Instead he suggested I do a couple of interviews myself and he (and kris) critique them. He suggested areas and questions and in some regard it reminded me of a TV research trawl – I think I’ll be rather good at that. However the part that still eludes me is how the data will be distilled down into insights into others lives. I spent 2 and a half years living and working in the Galapagos Islands and I didn’t leave with much of a sense that I had any meaningful insights into the Ecuadorian modus opernadi.