Fistra, Jelena, and Dado and friends discuss how to get inside the building and begin working on the free store. Read More
As an ethnographer, Maple pursued a research methodology that was not only politically engaged but also collaborative. This ethnographic research form, known as militant ethnography, challenges the intellectual bias of anthropology: how our position as an outside observer entices us to construe the world as a spectacle, as a set of significations to be interpreted rather than as concrete problems to be solved practically. The tendency to position oneself at a distance and treat social life as an object to decode rather than entering the flow and rhythm of ongoing social interaction hinders our ability to understand social practice (Juris 2008).
As such, Maple is an active participant in the direct actions of the activists, working in collaboration on projects such as the Free Store.