Writing Culture

ISBN-10: 0520057295
ISBN-13: 9780520057296
Edition: 1986
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Description: n these new essays, a group of experienced ethnographers, a literary critic, and a historian of anthropology, all known for advanced analytic work on ethnographic writing, place ethnography at the center of a new intersection of social history,  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/11/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 345
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

n these new essays, a group of experienced ethnographers, a literary critic, and a historian of anthropology, all known for advanced analytic work on ethnographic writing, place ethnography at the center of a new intersection of social history, interpretive anthropology, travel writing, discourse theory, and textual criticism. The authors analyze classic examples of cultural description, from Goethe and Catlin to Malinowski, Evans-Pritchard, and Le Roy Ladurie, showing the persistence of allegorial patterns and rhetorical tropes. They assess recent experimental trends and explore the functions of orality, ethnicity, and power in ethnographic composition. Writing Cultureargues that ethnography is in the midst of a political and epistemological crisis: Western writers no longer portray non-Western peoples with unchallenged authority; the process of cultural representation is now inescapably contingent, historical, and contestable. The essays in this volume help us imagine a fully dialectical ethnography acting powerfully in the postmodern world system. They challenge all writers in the humanities and social sciences to rethink the poetics and politics of cultural invention.

James Clifford is Professor, History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. George E. Marcus is Chancellor's Professor, Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.

Preface
Partial Truths
Fieldwork in Common Places
Hermes' Dilemma: The Masking of Subversion in Ethnographic Description
From the Door of His Tent: The Fieldworker and the Inquisitor
On Ethnographic Allegory
Post-Modern Ethnography: From Document of the Occult to Occult Document
The Concept of Cultural Translation in British Social Anthropology
Contemporary Problems of Ethnography in the Modern World System
Ethnicity an the Post-Modern Arts of Memory
Representations Are Social Facts: Modernity and Post-Modernity in Anthropology
Afterword: Ethnographic Writing and Anthropological Careers
Bibliography
Notes on Contributors
Index

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