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Being ThereThe Fieldwork Encounter and the Making of Truth$
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John Borneman and Abdellah Hammoudi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257757

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257757.001.0001

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Textualism and Anthropology: On the Ethnographic Encounter, or an Experience in the Hajj

Textualism and Anthropology: On the Ethnographic Encounter, or an Experience in the Hajj

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(p.25) Two Textualism and Anthropology: On the Ethnographic Encounter, or an Experience in the Hajj
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Being There
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Abdellah Hammoudi

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520257757.003.0002

This chapter focuses on the specific form of textualism that moves away from fieldwork, in the sense of a prolonged encounter and conversation with some people, and privileges encounter through the reading of texts and the use of textual strategies. It deals with the textualisms of the Foucauldian and Derridean sort, discourse and genealogy, deconstruction and dissemination. It tracks the outcome of these two strategies in the study of ritual of the Hajj. The study is supported by an example from the Middle East, the area where fieldwork on religious practices of the Hajj is carried out. The textualisms dealt with, and move away from, the people who have produced the discursive tradition and the practices that that tradition authorizes, introducing a surrogate form of ethnography, i.e. textual strategies that produce a reality effect, or an effect of the concrete.

Keywords:   textualism, fieldwork, Hajj, ethnography, Foucauldian, Derridean

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