Submersion in unfamiliar social realities is a key personal and professional rite of passage for anthropologists. Although field research often causes culture shock—a deep and anguishing reassessment of all that one has heretofore assumed to be received wisdom—such forays into other cultural universes also engender invaluable insights into and compassion for others’ experiences and world views.
About Laurie King
Associate Professor of Teaching in the Department of Anthropology, Georgetown University, Washington, DC; writer, editor, co-founder of Electronic Intifada, Electronic Iraq, and Electronic Lebanon. [Full bio]