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Arthur Mason

Arthur Mason, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 2012 Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship,"Assessing Intermediary Expertise in Arctic Natural Gas Development"

Mason (lower left) at British Ambassador's Residence in Oslo, 2013. Mason writes, “I have been testing out novel ways for establishing authenticity in fieldwork, while at the same time creating distance from the economy of signs around which I identify objects of study. That is to say, positioning myself in the traditional manner by which anthropologists establish their legitimacy could result in my enchantment by forms of power that serve as the objects of my curiosity and analysis. For this reason, I am exploring the possibility of creating distance between myself and my objects of study, while at the same time establishing my authenticity of “being there” in novel ways.

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