Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Rabbit-Hole Matrix

Each time I mention the fact I do field research in Afghanistan, and hang out with “warlords” and commanders, the same questions systematically pop up: What’s doing field research in Afghanistan like? What do you do all day? How do you get in touch with these guys? And each time, I kind of draw blank. I don’t really know what to say. I find myself saying things like: “I don’t know, I make some phone calls, schedule interviews, grab a cab, and that’s it you know.” Well, apparently “that’s it,” doesn’t quite describe what it’s like. Continue reading

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