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Building on an epistemological reading of anthropology as a fieldbased social science, I argue in favour of ethnography, namely a reflexive field-based practice and a defining methodology for anthropology. I introduce the methodology of 'comparing by context' as a way of rigorously translating the experience of apprenticeship in the field into forms of social learning and of understanding. I argue that practising anthropology as an ethnographer is a matter of negotiating the pendulum betweendoi:10.1080/03080188.2018.1524235 fatcat:l4dsuqn6ujhdxkqwzyximfvbie