Fieldwork 2010: Moscow (2): a bloody romance

In part 5 of the fieldwork 2010 series, Laura van Deventer posts an update on her research in Moscow. A few weeks ago I told you about my arrival, getting settled and first contacts with the ‘N’. Some of you have inquired about this mysterious group – who are they, what am I doing here? Although I can answer the second  question, and will try to do so in this post, I will not disclose what group it is I am doing research among. This is for security reasons. The ‘N’ have received some harsh treatment in the past and …

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Fieldwork 2010: greetings from Moscow!

In part 2 of this series, Laura van Deventer looks back on her first weeks of fieldwork in Russia. I will live in Russia’s capital city for three months, as part of my master’s program in anthropology, to find out how a group of people that I will refer to as the N., is living here. Initially, it was arranged for me to live in a pension run by the company where a friend’s father works. This turned out to be very expensive. Using the network of friends and family, another room was organised for me. Now I live with …

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