Being and becoming native: a methodological enquiry into doing anthropology at home

  • Muhammad Aurang Zeb Mughal University of Durham
Keywords: anthropology at home, positionality, ethnography, history of anthropology, research methodology, Pakistan


In this article, I discuss the fact that doing “anthropology at home” involves the same core anthropological methodology as undertaking research abroad. This implies that while doing anthropology at home may have some advantages concerning field practicalities but is equally challenging. There are certain ethical and methodological essentials involved in every anthropological research undertaking. Through my personal experiences of conducting ethnography in Pakistan, I explain that doing anthropology at home does not make exceptions for the researcher in terms of these ethical and methodological aspects.