I’m very much enjoying the fieldwork stage of my research. I’ve been collecting data and I try to read frequently about how to improve my performance as a researcher. The other day I found a post about fitting in and “the task of transforming ourselves into the kind of person we need to be in order to conduct successful fieldwork”. That means to adapt to new situations, get to know people, fit in their conversations and be little by little part of their everyday life. This is what I’ve learned so far.
It’s been a while since my last post. For the past 4 months I’ve been doing fieldwork for my research focussed on the configuration of the street food scene in London as an urban cultural assemblage (I’ll get into that in another post).
My fieldwork is mainly ethnographic; I’ve been doing participant observation; working with market organizers (office work and at the marketplace) and food traders (from pub residencies to setting up the stall, van, cooking and serving food).
I like food. I like eating. My interest is personal and for the past few months, also academic. Just to mention a few things: most of my family and friends gatherings are around food and heavy eating (see pictures); a long time ago I took a culinary anthropology course during my BA studies in Chile, and after leaving my parents’ house I started cooking more often and I learned a lot by reading blogs and recipes on the Internet.