Several stray PhD thoughts amidst the Christmas rush:
The natural unfolding of a project differs from the PhD as an academic job requirement.
Publishing over a period of time can lead to an identity expressed to others as data fragments.
The choice of a topic imposes self-limits in the eyes of others who want a ‘frame of reference’.
Mastering a subject area can lead to awareness of what you do not know.
Anthropological and historical methods need immersion: difficult in ‘real-time’ environments which do not support ‘multi-ethnographic’ self-reflection.
Good writing requires solid editing, redrafting, and thinking time.
‘Holding the space’ can involve acceptance of self-doubt.
On hearing the outcome of an Australian terrorism case on radio news: a lot of time has passed, and the Antipodean context differs from the United States which is partly driven by Iraq and Afghanistan.