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On the Structural Analysis of Interpersonal Relations (1964) Download PDF
In this paper I suggest a conceptual framework and set of ethnographic methods for dealing with interpersonal relations in a structural way, based on a set of five criteria

Hypermedia and the Future of Ethnology (1988) Download PDF
A  discussion of the implications and potential advantages of hypermedia for producing ethnographic accounts, in contrast to linear media such as written narratives and moving pictures.

The Solar-Powered Anthropologist (1991) Download PDF
An account of my experience in the field using a solar panel to power a computer, lights, and an electrical fan, including issues of importation, setup, and maintenance.

Introduction to Back in the Field Again: Long-Term Fieldwork in Oceanic Anthropology (2004) Download PDF
A  discussion of the pros and cons of long-term field work, including considerations of changes in anthropology, changes in the ethnographer, and changes in the communities we study.

Ethnography in the Digital Age (2015) Download PDF
An essay exploring the ways in which ethnography, both as a methodology and a product of research, has adapted to the rapid growth of digital technology and the new venues for research that it has spawned.

Research Among the Ethnic Poor (Unpublished Paper) Download PDF
The challenge we address in this paper is to derive a parsimonious theoretical model that consists of a set of inter-related variables that are general in the sense that their importance can be measured within any population while allowing for specificity in particular cases.

Rethinking the Role of Universities at the Millenium (Unpublished Paper) Download PDF
In this address to faculty and administrators at the University of Hawai‘i in Hilo, I argue for the preservation and dissemination of indigenous knowledge with a greater regard for the service they can provide for indigenous communities than for the prestige they might gain in esoteric pursuits.