Ethnography through thick and thin

But even if you could make this distinction, and operate in plainer terms but not of course atheorctical or aideological terms either — just seemingly so to figure out fieldwork and its materials with the idea of then assimilating them later to theory held in abeyance, why would you bother to do so? Rather, the distinc- tive trope of holism in ethnography has been classification, that is, chapter and verse much like the biblc has established its textual effect of totality. This enduring commitment to a sense of holism within the finely ob- served particular case is the embedded functionalist ghost in ethnogra- phy that will not go away.

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I suggest that such experimentation deserves a very different kind of treatment than the inodes of experimental work discussed in this essay, which more narrowly and selectively circumscribe a range of new strategies in keeping with basic assump- tions and conventions in the past making of ethnographic texts.

Erkan Saka rated it it was amazing Sep 17, Let me quote the key ones: Bound- aries and Grounds of a Field Science. A Study in Terror and Healing. The other was that of the expert specialization and enterprise of vio- lentology, the self-defined and often political state supported intellec- tual effort of the public sphere to address all aspects of violence in Colombian society. Bateson is clearly bored by the initial sociolog- ical account of the Jatmul, but it is a necessary prelude to the more original discussions of ethos.

University of the Sunshine Coast. It attempts to lead the reader to believe that the myth or the personal confession has a definite relation to the way the economy works. It is the burden of the modernist ethnography to capture distinctive identity formations in all their migrations tjrough dispersions. He enshrouds this structure, not in ethnography, but in the position of critical cosmopolitanism from which ethnographic research and writing should be approached p.

In sustaining a master narr ative of capitalism.

Marcus presents a series of penetrating and provocative essays on the changes that continue to sweep a In the s, George Marcus spearheaded a major critique of cultural anthropology, expressed most clearly in the landmark book Writing Culture, which he coedited with James Clifford. View freely available titles: This kind of disciplinary and methodological independence is of the utmost im- portance now etjnography the results of ethnography produced by anthropolo- gists are ever to mean much.

For now, it is enough to say that the corre- sponding thlck in ethnographic ethnograhpy and writing that I have in mind is a shift away from the ethnography that is so centrally place- and local-world determined toward an ethnography that emphasizes a link-up with the more pluralistically sensitive systems perspectives. The struggle is by no means finished, and its path is no longer foreordained by the dynamics of western expansion that initiated global integration.

The lim- itation of this ethnography is precisely that it has relied more on canned visions of capitalism rather than on changes in througgh macro- models which, if incorporated in the ulterior fiction of the whole, would offer new opportunities and ambitions for ethnographic projects of research and writing.

Often drawn into throuyh by annd interest in the second or later projects of their professors — projects that are in a sense governed by experimental norms which alter in various ways those of a standard training model of fieldwork research in anthropology — graduate stu- dents must negotiate with their teachers die standard model by bend- ing and stretching it in designing career-making dissertation research projects that reflect new kinds of disciplinary interests for which the standard model is no longer a certain guide.

Toward an Ethnography of Complex Connections.

There are two general things to note about this study before dealing specifically with it. Modem irony animates anx many great works of art and though i over the past century; at the same time, it infuses millions of ordinary people's everyday lives.

With the sea change in modem society in which large organizations, workplaces, and cities are of di- minishing significance for each individual, the processes of forming, fixing, and reproducing subjects are increasingly cultural, formed in diverse ways out of a myriad of myths and images, of consumer prod- ucts, of available lifestyles not at all based on where one lives or whom one knows, that is, on those who are immediately present.

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None of your libraries hold this item. These changes raise new issues about the identities of anthropologists in relation to those they study, and indeed, about what is to define standards of ethnographic scholarship. The vast apparent gap between the person who confesses and the economy that works must be bridged.

They were generally admired for trying to do something different and showing the potential broader relevance of anthropologi- cal research, but were not much discussed because nothing like the density of disciplinary treatments existed for these studies as existed for a study embedded in a long-standing tradition of culture area dis- course. Jason rated it it was amazing Feb 14, As such, I wish to let the following line of argumentation dominate the rest of this essay.

Ethnography Through Thick and Thin

University of California Press. Thus, it also lessens the capacity of ethnography, in future perspective, to constitute a historical document in the making, keenly sensitive to its own times. We have several international students in the program, and a number of these are from diasporic commu- nities e.

In the context of a multi-sited imaginary's function within the form- ing of graduate student research, I pose below some of the knotty is- sues that might be confronted by anyone formulating such research nowadays. He also considers the impact of demographic changes within the discipline--in particular the fact that anthropologists are no longer almost exclusively Euro-Americans studying non-Euro-Americans.

Instead we have to turn to the best ethhography structured ethnographies that have been produced, and examine their narrative and rhetorical struc- tures in some detail. Add a tag Cancel Be the first to add a tag for this edition. Sites of focus were needed so as to provide some sort of comparative lever on how issues of violence were formulated and hopes for action were expressed.

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