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Arbitrary Locations: In Defence of the Bounded Field-site

ByMatei Candea

This chapter presents some instances from the fieldwork in order to demonstrate the deployment of the multi-sited approach and its relevance to current discussions on climate change. Multi-sited ethnography of climate change means to follow climate scientists and to enter the network where climate change is simultaneously constructed as a universal and localized as a particular. The chapter develops using examples from the fieldwork, a storyline that overcomes the artificial opposition between social and scientific. The multi-sited approach, covering a series of seemingly unrelated projects, enabled me to follow these actors in their effort to define global climate change and to localize it in the 'real' world. It argues that reflexivity is not the prerogative of social science, and that climate research brings climate change back to the coast not as an apocalyptic sign, but as a proposition.