Transforming Ethnographic Knowledge

ISBN-10: 0299248747
ISBN-13: 9780299248741
Edition: 2012
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 8/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792

The ethnographic methods that anthropologists first developed to study other cultures—fieldwork, participant observation, dialogue— are now being adapted for a broad array of applications, such as business, conflict resolution and demobilization, wildlife conservation, education, and biomedicine. InTransforming Ethnographic Knowledge, anthropologists trace the changes they have seen in ethnography as a method and as an intellectual approach, and they offer examples of ethnography’s role in social change and its capacity to transform its practitioners.    Senior scholars Mary Catherine Bateson, Sidney Mintz, and J. Lorand Matory look back at how thinking ethnographically shaped both their work and their lives, and George Marcus suggests that the methods for teaching and training anthropologists need rethinking and updating. The second part of the volume features anthropologists working in sectors where ethnography is finding or claiming new relevance: Kamari Maxine Clarke looks at ethnographers’ involvement (or non-involvement) in military conflict; Csilla Kalocsai employs ethnographic tools to understand the dynamics of corporate management; Rebecca Hardin and Melissa Remis take their own anthropological training into rainforests where wildlife conservation and research meet changing subsistence practices and gendered politics of social difference; and Jim Yong Kim shows how anthropological thinking can transcend the cost-benefit logics that often prevail as the international community attempts to address global health crises.

Kamari Maxine Clarke is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Yale University and senior research scientist at the Yale Law School. Her areas of research explore issues related to transnational religious networks, legal institutions, international criminal law, the interface between culture and power, and its relationship to the modernity of race and late capitalist globalization. Recent articles and books have focused on religious and legal movements and the related production of knowledge and power, including Mapping Yoruba Networks: Power and Agency in the Making of Transnational Communities and Globalization and Race: Transformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness. Her forthcoming titles are Testimonies and Transformations: Reflections on the Use of Ethnographic Knowledge and Justice in the Mirror: Law, Culture, and the Making of History. Professor Clarke has lectured in regions in the United States, Canada, South Africa, England, and the Caribbean on a wide range of topics. She is the director of the Yale Center for Transnational Cultural Analysis.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Living and Teaching Ethnography
Participant Observation as a Way of Living
Loveless in the Boondocks: Anthropology at Bay
The Contemporary Desire for Ethnography and Its Implication for Anthropology
Doing Transnational Ethnography
The Homeward Ship: Analytic Tropes as Maps of and for African-Diaspora Cultural History
Diasporic Dreaming: "Return Reproductive Tourism" to the Middle East
Ethnographies in Emerging Sectors
Toward a Critically Engaged Ethnographic Practice
Global Assemblages of Business Knowledge and Corporate Ethnography in Hungary's New Economy
Collaborative Conservation Science: An Anthropological Approach
Conclusion
Work Cited
Contributors
Index

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