Writing culture : the poetics and politics of ethnography : a School of American Research advanced seminar / edited by James Clifford and George E. Marcus.

Contributor(s): Clifford, James, 1945- | Marcus, George E | School of American Research (Santa Fe, N.M.)Material type: TextTextSeries: School of American Research advanced seminar series: Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c1986Description: ix, 305 p. ; 24 cmISBN: 0520056523 (alk. paper); 9780520056527 (alk. paper); 0520057295 (pbk.); 9780520057296 (pbk.)Subject(s): Ethnology -- Authorship -- Congresses | Ethnology -- Methodology -- Congresses | EthnographyDDC classification: 306 LOC classification: GN307.7 | .W75 1986Other classification: 73.03
Contents:
Introduction : partial truths / James Clifford -- Fieldwork in common places / Mary Louise Pratt -- Hermes' dilemma : the masking of subversion in ethnographic description / Vincent Crapanzano -- From the door of his tent : the fieldworker and the inquisitor / Renato Rosaldo -- On ethnographic allegory / James Clifford -- Post-modern ethnography : from document of the occult to occult document / Stephen A. Tyler -- The concept of cultural translation in British social anthropology / Talal Asad -- Contemporary problems of ethnography in the modern world system / George E. Marcus -- Ethnicity and the post-modern arts of memory / Michael M.J. Fischer -- Representations are social facts : modernity and post-modernity in anthropology / Paul Rabinow -- Afterword : ethnographic writing and anthropological careers / George E. Marcus.
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"Experiments in contemporary anthropology."--Jacket.

Revised versions of the papers presented at a seminar held in Santa Fe, N.M., April 1984.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [267]-294) and index.

Introduction : partial truths / James Clifford -- Fieldwork in common places / Mary Louise Pratt -- Hermes' dilemma : the masking of subversion in ethnographic description / Vincent Crapanzano -- From the door of his tent : the fieldworker and the inquisitor / Renato Rosaldo -- On ethnographic allegory / James Clifford -- Post-modern ethnography : from document of the occult to occult document / Stephen A. Tyler -- The concept of cultural translation in British social anthropology / Talal Asad -- Contemporary problems of ethnography in the modern world system / George E. Marcus -- Ethnicity and the post-modern arts of memory / Michael M.J. Fischer -- Representations are social facts : modernity and post-modernity in anthropology / Paul Rabinow -- Afterword : ethnographic writing and anthropological careers / George E. Marcus.

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Only recently have anthropologists examined the literary devices used to make ethnographies convincing. The 9 contributors to this volume-V. Crapanzano, M.L. Pratt, R. Rosaldo, S.A. Tyler, T. Asad, M.M.J. Fischer, Paul Rabinow, and the editors-scrutinize classic works and arguments from several perspectives. They identify rhetorical means for claiming ethnographic authority, similarities between ethnographies and traveler tales, and new possibilities for ethnographic writing. The volume is both critical and constructive. Several contributors discuss the hopes for postmodernist forms of ethnography; notably, Fischer argues that recent ethnic autobiographies issue from concerns similar to ethnographers and exemplify new writing strategies. These essays are sure to provoke controversy; some are likely to become classics, for they illuminate the ways in which ethnography has been and can be done. Appropriate for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students.-J. Kirkpatrick, Nomos Institute

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