International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 305

Full Length Research Paper

“Madness” in the fields: Analytical mediations

Monique Selim
Director of Research Unité mixte de Recherche, Développement et Sociétés Institut de Recherche pour le Développement Université de Paris.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 08 February 2010
  •  Published: 31 March 2010



This article focuses on the analysis of the relationships that the ethnologist forms during fieldwork. The author attempts to define the double logic that innervates all ethnological research, torn between the cross-cutting subjectivations of the communication partners and the objectivation of social relations. Research examples are used to illustrate the argument, which reviews the different relations between anthropology and psychoanalysis.


Key words: Fieldwork, research, interpersonal relations, implication, listening.