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Being There: The Fieldwork Encounter and the Making of Truth

John Borneman and Abdellah Hammoudi

Abstract

Challenges to ethnographic authority and to the ethics of representation have led many contemporary anthropologists to abandon fieldwork in favor of strategies of theoretical puppeteering, textual analysis, and surrogate ethnography. This book argues that ethnographies based on these strategies elide important insights. To demonstrate the power and knowledge attained through the fieldwork experience, this book includes chapters by anthropologists working in Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tanzania, the Canadian Arctic, India, Germany, and Russia that shift attention back to the subtle dynamics o ... More

Keywords: ethnographic authority, ethics of representation, textual analysis, surrogate ethnography, contemporary anthropologists, fieldwork, theoretical puppeteering, power, knowledge, ethnographic encounter

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780520257757
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520257757.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Borneman, editor

Abdellah Hammoudi, editor

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