Ora and Peter welcome Christina Greer from Fordham University, Wendy Pearlman from Northwestern University, and Paul Staniland from the University of Chicago to discuss local knowledge, perhaps the most important aspect of field research. Local knowledge is a collection of facts, beliefs, and perceptions used by people in a specific region to interpret the world around them. Ora and Peter discuss their definitions of local knowledge and how it has applied to their own work, followed by an interview with Christina Greer on her survey research on Black and Caribbean identities in urban communities, an interview with Wendy Pearlman about non-instrumental "field being", and an interview with Paul Staniland about political geography and "fieldwork on foot." The podcast concludes with a collective discussion among all guests on insights and advice for developing local knowledge.
Producers: Harper Barbaree, John Gehman, Hannah Jones
Editors: Garrett Madden, Gabriel Wallen, Lila Zarrella