chapter  17
Sensory exile in the field: Sandra H. Dudley
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It is of course crucial that my or any other researcher’s own sensory matrices do not unconsciously structure those with which the subject community is imputed – just because, say, sound is of particular signifi cance in an anthropologist’s memories of his or her time in the fi eld, it does not necessarily follow that it is of the same level of importance in how members of the community order and interpret their world. Interestingly, however, as I later outline it is for the Karenni, for me the sensual domain of eating is especially signifi cant in my fi eld recollections. Discussing his own experiences, Stoller has much to say about food, for example telling a tale about his own sensual disgust, provoked in the fi eld by a deliberately badly cooked sauce (1989).