This paper explores the first day of ethnographic fieldwork conducted by an M.A. student. Starting in a non-Roma community, and trying to reach the Roma, I describe the difficulty of conducting fieldwork for the first time. I discuss the day I introduced myself to the community, the awkward and unnatural behavior of teachers toward my future informants, and the confusion and shyness of the Roma students felt in my presence.
Pascariu, Casiana I.
"Breaking in my Anthropological Shoes: Reflections on my First Days of Fieldwork,"
Journal of Contemporary Anthropology:
1, Article 6.
Available at: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/jca/vol4/iss1/6