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The Ethnography of Reading$
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Jonathan Boyarin

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780520079557

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520079557.001.0001

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Keep Listening: Ethnography and Reading

Keep Listening: Ethnography and Reading

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The Ethnography of Reading

Jonathan Boyarin

University of California Press

Reading has not been among the rubrics of standard ethnographic research and writing. Why this should have been so is a question that should be asked, not that reading is a topic of ethnography. The first part of this chapter aims to show that answers may be found if people begin to think about the ways in which literacy has been approached in anthropology. The second part explores how ethnographic work with written texts may help us to subvert the dictates of literacy to the extent that we concentrate on reading.

Keywords:   literacy, reading, anthropology, social history, ethnographic research, writing

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