Ethnographies of the crisis in Puerto Rico: Invitation for Abstract Submission for a Collaborative Book

Invitation for Abstract Submission for a Collaborative Book 

Abstract due date October 31st  

Final  Manuscript Submission December 31st 

Title: Ethnographies of the crisis in Puerto Rico   


Victor Manuel Vázquez Ph.D., The University of Texas at El Paso 

Waleska Sanabria León Ph.D., Antropología, Pontificia Universidad Católica de  Puerto Rico, Ponce 


For much of the 20th and 21st centuries, anthropological/ethnographic research has remained strongly attached to the methodological principles outlined by Bronislaw Malinowski, including participant observation and in-depth long-term engagement with the study subjects. These principles have also set the bases for more innovative and standardized qualitative data-collection techniques within and beyond the anthropological discipline. In the context of Puerto Rico, anthropological research projects conducted by Julian Steward (1952), Sidney Mintz (1974), Oscar Lewis (1968) and Helen M. Icken Safa (1980), can be taken as essential referents of an American ethnographic tradition influenced by the Malinowski orientation in methodological terms.

Accelerated global transformations after the 1980s have led the discipline of anthropology to modify its own strategies in regard to the process of conducting fieldwork to account for the multiplicity of spaces, real and virtual, that are “inhabited” by subjects in the globalized world. These interconnections between local–spaces and multiple realities have created the need to reformulate the classical methods in anthropological/ethnographic research (Boccagni, 2020, Coleman, 2016, Coleman y Hellerman, 2012, Falzon, 2016, Fortun, 2016, Yousfi y Abdallah, 2020, Koppe, 2021). Marcus and Falzon, for example, have proposed the idea of a Multi-Sited Ethnography (Marcus 1995, 1999, 2012, 2021; Falzon 2009), or an ethnography focused on persons and associations, and how they are linked within multiple spaces. Falzon describes multi-sited ethnographic work as an eclectic methodology where all the considerations of the qualitative approach have been integrated. However, that acquires consciousness in a modern world where local and global spaces are interrelated.

The flexibility and idea of a multi-sited ethnography seem particularly useful for studying societies in the context of crisis, including economic, health, political, or environmental crises. Moreover, the multiple crises that have affected Puerto Rico during the period 2007 to 2020 (inflation, debt restructuration, hurricanes, outward migration movements, student strikes, environmental struggles, etc.), makes Puerto Rico an ideal place for the study of crisis employing multi-sited approaches and other forms of adaptations of the traditional ethnographic method.

Considering what has been previously mentioned, the following proposal seeks to develop a collaborative book gathering examples of research projects conducted in the context of Puerto Rico during periods of crisis and chaos, and which show innovative uses of ethnographic methods in their adaptation to the hostile context of the crisis. The collaborative book is seeking writing about fieldwork experiences during the context of the crisis in Puerto Rico with the following objectives and requirements:

  1. Problematize the strategies and ethnographic experiences of fieldwork conducted in Puerto Rico taking into consideration the context of crisis, and in relation to topics as varied as violence, gender, economy, migration, education, art, music, literature, infrastructure, tourism, environment, natural resources, natural resources, natural events, corruption, social movement,  visual ethnography on Puerto Rico crisis  etc. 
  2. The utilization of the Multi-Sited ethnography approach, or other forms of innovative adaptations of such approach, as a research strategy, provides diverse reflections on the fieldwork experience.
  3. Present case studies or fieldwork experiences conducted in Puerto Rico during the current context of the crisis that provokes reflections on the role and pertinence of the ethnographic work in the crisis context.

Abstract requirements and dates 

Send your abstract  October 31st  2022

Send your final chapter  January 31 2023

Send all the abstract and final chapters to and 

Include the following information 

  1. Author(s) info and academic institutions affiliation.
  2. 350 words summary including the main scope, methodology and theoretical concepts discussed in your chapter.
  3. Include minimum 3- 5 keywords in your abstract.
  4. All the abstract and final chapters must be done in English.
  5. Writing style and suggested editorial publication.