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In these new essays, a group of experienced ethnographers, a literary critic, and a historian of anthropology, all known for advanced analytic work on ethnographic writing, place ethnography at the center of a new intersection of social history, interpretive anthropology, travel writing, discourse theory, and textual criticism.

The authors analyze classic examples of cultural description, from Goethe and Catlin to Malinowski, Evans-Pritchard, and Le Roy Ladurie, showing the persistence of allegorial patterns and rhetorical tropes. They assess recent experimental trends and explore the functions of orality, ethnicity, and power in ethnographic composition.

Writing Culture argues that ethnography is in the midst of a political and epistemological crisis: Western writers no longer portray non-Western peoples with unchallenged authority; the process of cultural representation is now inescapably contingent, historical, and contestable. The essays in this volume help us imagine a fully dialectical ethnography acting powerfully in the postmodern world system. They challenge all writers in the humanities and social sciences to rethink the poetics and politics of cultural invention.

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These essays are the product of intensive discussions held at the School of American Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during April 1984. Following the School's format for 'advanced seminars, ' conversations continued over a week, and the number of participants was strictly limited to ten.

Synopsis:

The poetics and politics of ethnography.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Partial Truths, by James Clifford

2. Fieldwork in Common Places, by Mary Louise Pratt

3. Hermes' Dilemma: The Masking of Subversion in Ethnographic Description, by Vincent Crapanzano

4. From the Door of His Tent: The Fieldworker and the Inquisitor, by Renato Rosaldo

5. On Ethnographic Allegory, by James Clifford

6. Post-Modern Ethnography: From Document of the Occult to Occult Document, by Stephen A. Tyler

7. The Concept of Cultural Translation in British Social Anthropology, by Talal Asad

8. Contemporary Problems of Ethnography in the Modern World System, by George E. Marcus

9. Ethnicity an the Post-Modern Arts of Memory, by Michael M. J. Fischer

10. Representations Are Social Facts: Modernity and Post-Modernity in Anthropology, by Paul Rabinow

Afterword: Ethnographic Writing and Anthropological Careers, by George E. Marcus

Bibliography

Notes on Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520057296
Subtitle:
The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography
Editor:
Clifford, James
Editor:
Clifford, James
Editor:
Marcus, George E.
Author:
Marcus, George E.
Author:
Clifford, James
Editor:
Marcus, George E.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley, Calif.
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Etnologâia
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series Volume:
046
Publication Date:
19860411
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Specialized
Language:
English
Pages:
345
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.75 in 15 oz

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Field Work

Writing Culture: The Poetics & Politics of Ethnography
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