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Ethnography
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ISSN (Print) 1466-1381 - ISSN (Online) 1741-2714
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  • No girls allowed': Fluctuating boundaries between gay men and straight
           women in gay public space
    • Authors: Tyler Baldor
      Pages: 419 - 442
      Abstract: Ethnography, Volume 20, Issue 4, Page 419-442, December 2019.
      How are boundaries between sexual identities constructed and maintained through interaction' I draw on ethnographic observation in Philadelphia gay bars popular among heterosexual patrons and supplemental interviews with young gay-identifying club-goers to illuminate how men make situational claims to gay space by drawing distinctions between who ‘belongs’ in gay bars and who does not through interaction. Conceptualizing gay space as a collectively accomplished ‘mesh’ of particular interaction rituals, I find that men activated membership boundaries when presumably straight women's nightlife rituals were perceived to threaten the continued production of gay space by ‘straightening’ it. Men did not enact boundaries when straight women energized men's rituals with positive emotional energy and contributed to a bar's collective ‘gay’ feeling. Broadly, these findings suggest that the generation of shared emotions across groups in spaces with contested meaning or function helps determine the salience of boundaries.
      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T08:00:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118758112
       
  • Death and dying in a Karen refugee community: An overlooked challenge in
           the resettlement process
    • Authors: Jessica Nancy Bird
      Pages: 443 - 462
      Abstract: Ethnography, Volume 20, Issue 4, Page 443-462, December 2019.
      This paper explores death and dying in a settling refugee community. I use ethnographic description to explore an overlooked practical challenge of resettlement – funerals. The focus of research is the Brisbane Karen community, from Burma and/or Thai-Burma border camps. Death and dying as a theme of resettlement research is inadequate. Yet we ought to consider death and dying as a settlement challenge, just as we consider language, employment, or housing (for example). Death and dying traverses the practical challenges of settlement, to deeper ontological questions associated with spiritual existence, rituals and community bonding. The paper provides practical insights into the basic boundaries of Australian funeral practice, which can speak to other minority groups practising burial rites that depart from the mainstream. It comments on how those boundaries can bump up against cultural practice brought from elsewhere. It also demonstrates transnationalism in the Brisbane Karen community.
      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T08:00:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118768624
       
  • The aesthetics of the hybridization of civility: For inclusion, tolerance
           and an ethic of difference
    • Authors: Prashan Ranasinghe
      Pages: 463 - 482
      Abstract: Ethnography, Volume 20, Issue 4, Page 463-482, December 2019.
      Exploring life in an emergency shelter, this article narrates the hybridization of civility – the fusion of civility and a street code premised on the threat of violence. This process does not emerge from agency, but predetermined social and economic factors. The hybridization of civility illuminates the psychic violence that envelops the shelter and its personnel. This is illustrated through the aestheticism of this hybridization (what it looks, feels and sounds like). This aestheticism suggests that civility should not be viewed as a binary between civil(ized) and uncivil(ized), but rather in terms of gradations. So doing permits acknowledging and appreciating ‘otherness’ on its own terms, and – paradoxically – recognizing ‘otherness’ as an extension of an already established norm, and thus, as existentially meaningless. The call for the ‘death’ of ‘otherness’ and championing its assimilation into the norm can sow seeds for inclusiveness, tolerance and an ethic of difference.
      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T08:00:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118779606
       
  • Embodying combat: How boxers make sense of their ‘conversations of
           gestures’
    • Authors: Jérôme Beauchez
      Pages: 483 - 502
      Abstract: Ethnography, Volume 20, Issue 4, Page 483-502, December 2019.
      This essay offers an ethnography of the ‘conversations of gestures’ that occur between boxers during training fights or ‘sparring’. By showing how these situations are embodied, it elaborates a sociology of the senses and meaning as it relates to these ordeals. In addition to considering the boxers and their ‘culture in interaction’, the essay reexamines a number of the assumptions embraced by sociologists of ‘habitus’ and ‘practical sense’. While a boxer's knowledge lies first and foremost in his fists, the fight also triggers a vital consciousness of the situation – a body image – that, when articulated with habitualized motor schemas, makes reflection and strategy central to the action itself. To deny the possibility of such boxing reflexivity would mean describing the fighter as a ‘cultural dope’ whose capacity for reflection is supplanted by the acquisition of fighting reflexes: this is what is entailed by the concept of ‘boxing habitus’. Yet this emphasis on the body's automatic mechanisms reduces the sociology of practice to the socialization of body schemas, without being able to connect them to body images. The latter is what this essay seeks to reintroduce into analysis.
      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T08:00:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118769939
       
  • Class, gender, and space: The case of affluent golf clubs in contemporary
           Mexico City
    • Authors: Hugo Ceron-Anaya
      Pages: 503 - 522
      Abstract: Ethnography, Volume 20, Issue 4, Page 503-522, December 2019.
      This article examines how class and gender hierarchies are reproduced through spatial dynamics among affluent golfers in contemporary Mexico City, using the concepts of collective visibility and invisibility. The analysis focuses on how class and gender principles make some sites and actions visible while reducing the perceptibility of other spaces and acts. To do so, the article addresses three questions: to what extent and in what ways are privileged social spaces, like golf clubs, exclusively organized by class principles' How do Mexican golfers understand the class and gender principles operating in golf clubs' And, how do multiple axes of differences inform space and spatial practices' The study is based on an ethnography of three up-scale golf clubs and 58 in-depth interviews with members of the golfing community, including club members, instructors, caddies, and golf journalists in Mexico City.
      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T08:00:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118770208
       
  • ‘Durham Cathedral can be whatever you want it to be’: Examining the
           negotiation of space and time
    • Authors: Arran J. Calvert
      Pages: 523 - 540
      Abstract: Ethnography, Volume 20, Issue 4, Page 523-540, December 2019.
      Public spaces are also spaces of contestation, in which people vie for the space they need for the purposes they need them for, and Durham Cathedral is no different. Not only do cathedrals in the 21st century need to be places of worship, they must also be tourist attractions and support community events both religious and non religious. Beginning from a much used phrase that ‘Durham Cathedral can be whatever you want it to be’, and building on Bergson’s concept of duration, Munn’s use of space-time, and Eliade’s notion of sacred time, this article examines two ethnographic examples of the tensions of time and space that arise everyday in Durham Cathedral and how, through the actions of the community, spaces become places of enacted negotiation in which both space and time are malleable assemblages used to create manifold space-times.
      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T08:00:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118787211
       
  • Doing nothing: Anthropology sits at the same table with contemporary art
           in Lisbon and Tbilisi
    • Authors: Francisco Martínez
      Pages: 541 - 559
      Abstract: Ethnography, Volume 20, Issue 4, Page 541-559, December 2019.
      This article proposes an artistic performance to reflect on the labour of fieldwork. The experimental method consists in installing myself at a café in Lisbon and Tbilisi for 35 hours beyond the reach of smartphones and laptops and then doing nothing. Across this exercise, time slows, opening a clearer window into ordinary life. The intervention raises questions about the way digital technologies transform the temporality and experience of ethnographic fieldwork. The essay sets up to make a methodological contribution to a growing literature on ‘inactivity’ and about experimental methods, reminding us that observation is a tiring physical experience and that slow time is correlated with anthropological quality. Doing nothing appears as a slow time being in front of others, which enables a break of consciousness, suspends politics of relevance, and leaves space for serendipity and embodied imagination.
      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T08:00:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118782549
       
  • Tales of pleasures of violence and combat resilience among Iraqi Shi’i
           combatants fighting ISIS
    • Authors: Younes Saramifar
      Pages: 560 - 577
      Abstract: Ethnography, Volume 20, Issue 4, Page 560-577, December 2019.
      I explore the slipperiness of violence, its destructive and reproductive emergence, by way of textures. Through tales of an ethnography undertaken in combat zones of Shi’i combatants fighting ISIS, I address the textures of violence, that is, those capacities that can be accessed not via meanings but rather through the moments in which meanings are reimagined and nothing exists except the very act that refers to itself. These moments and acts highlight the borders between pleasure and fun to seek out not only the inner workings of violence but also how one speaks anthropologically of an action that conveys no meaning except itself. My pursuit of the mode of engagement with violence among combatants challenged me to think differently about pleasure and fun at the frontlines by encouraging me to traverse understandings of Islamic militancy and combat motivations within the limitations of ideology and religiosity.
      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T08:00:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118781639
       
  • An ethnography of public events: Reformulating the extended case method in
           contemporary social theory
    • Authors: Jannik Schritt
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-11-28T04:58:25Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119891446
       
  • When interlocutors die: Time and space of mobility through the biography
           of a homeless man
    • Authors: Paolo Grassi
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-11-26T06:00:23Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119891453
       
  • Brokering labour: The politics of markets in the Kathmandu construction
           industry
    • Authors: Dan V Hirslund
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-11-20T07:27:13Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119886601
       
  • Legitimising digital anthropology through immersive cohabitation: Becoming
           an observing participant in a blended digital landscape
    • Authors: Joshua M Bluteau
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-10-16T06:35:24Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119881165
       
  • The petition ceremony: Letters to the President of Argentina
    • Authors: Emilia Schijman
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-09-14T02:04:28Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119872521
       
  • The discovery of symbolic violence: How toddlers learn to prevail with
           words
    • Authors: Wilfried Lignier
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-08-30T01:36:51Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119872522
       
  • Studying health care institutions: Using paperwork as ethnographic
           research tools
    • Authors: Marieke van Eijk
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-08-30T01:36:50Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119871583
       
  • Spectral technologies, sonic motility, and the paranormal in Chile
    • Authors: Diana Espirito Santo
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-08-30T01:36:48Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119872519
       
  • Ethnography, ethics and ownership of data
    • Authors: Lisa Russell, Ruth Barley
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-07-18T05:05:47Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119859386
       
  • Queue-munity engagement: Collaborative Event Ethnography at the Antiques
           Roadshow in Kent
    • Authors: Gavin Weston, Elena Liber, Alexandra Urdea, Helen Cornish
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-07-04T09:42:30Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119859385
       
  • Muslim–queer encounters in Rio de Janeiro: Making sense of
           relational positionalities
    • Authors: Tilmann Heil
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-06-26T04:19:50Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119859601
       
  • Exploring tensionless ethnography
    • Authors: Torbjörn Friberg
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-06-26T04:19:49Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119859378
       
  • Smoothing, striating and territorializing: The assembling of
           ‘science in the making’
    • Authors: Jeremy Aroles, Christine McLean
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-06-18T06:01:06Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119856570
       
  • Trading time and space: Grassroots negotiations in a Brazilian mining
           district
    • Authors: Andreza A. de Souza Santos
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-05-16T05:00:04Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119848456
       
  • Migrant gaming girls in Beijing: Urban solitude, play, and attempts to
           integrate
    • Authors: Xiaoxu Chen, Chadwick Wang
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-05-01T02:05:43Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119848024
       
  • The Ohaka (Grave) Project: Post-secular social service delivery and
           resistant necropolitics in San’ya, Tokyo
    • Authors: Matthew D. Marr
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-05-01T02:05:41Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119845393
       
  • Displacement, replacement, and fragmentation in order making: Enacting
           sovereignty in a US-Mexican border state
    • Authors: Jill Koyama, Shyla Gonzalez-Doğan
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-04-26T05:13:04Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119845395
       
  • Traditionally transnational: Cultural continuity and change in Hmong
           shamanism across the diaspora
    • Authors: Sangmi Lee
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-04-06T06:26:32Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119839086
       
  • From participant observation to participant action(-to-be): Multi-sited
           ethnography of displacement in Cyprus
    • Authors: Nafia Akdeniz
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-02-24T10:08:55Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119829151
       
  • Ethnographic spectres: Representing the recent past of sexual liberation
    • Authors: Michael Connors Jackman
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-02-21T05:33:19Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119829146
       
  • Up and down and sideways: Collaboration, friction and ethnographic
           representations of orthodontics for children
    • Authors: Anette Wickström
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-02-19T05:37:54Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119829155
       
  • Anthropology is companion studies: A study of violent relations during
           fieldwork with my family
    • Authors: Jonathan Newman
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-02-14T04:26:13Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119829495
       
  • Thinking within, across and beyond lifestyle paradigms: Later-life
           mobility histories and practices ‘in’ Ubud, Bali
    • Authors: Paul Green
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      PubDate: 2019-01-08T03:12:49Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118822088
       
  • The field is ever further: In search of the elusive space of fieldwork
    • Authors: Darryl Stellmach
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138119898744
       
  • The changing nature of statues and monuments in Tshwane (Pretoria) South
           Africa
    • Authors: Mathias Alubafi Fubah
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118815515
       
  • Embodying the nation: The production of sameness and difference in
           national-day parades
    • Authors: Marie-Christin Gabriel, Carola Lentz, Konstanze N’Guessan
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118816345
       
  • Ethnographic toolkit: Strategic positionality and researchers’ visible
           and invisible tools in field research
    • Authors: Victoria Reyes
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118805121
       
  • Dioquis: Being without doing in the migrant agricultural labor process
    • Authors: Kathleen Griesbach
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118805772
       
  • Scam as survival in Central America
    • Authors: Anthony Wayne Fontes, Kevin Lewis O’Neill
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118805117
       
  • Failing the third toilet test: Reflections on fieldwork, gender and Indian
           loos

         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

    • Authors: Kathinka Frøystad
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118804262
       
  • ‘A real African woman!’ Multipositionality and its effects in
           the field
    • Authors: Kathy Dodworth
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118802951
       
  • Wilful entanglements: Extractive industries and the co-production of
           sovereignty in Mozambique
    • Authors: Jon Schubert
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118802953
       
  • Communal Salafi learning and Islamic selfhood: Examining religious
           boundaries through ethnographic encounters in Indonesia
    • Authors: Chris Chaplin
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118795988
       
  • Speculating on tentacular infrastructures
    • Authors: Diana Bocarejo
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Ethnography
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118795990
       
  • Seeing like a state athletic commission: Multi-case ethnography and the
           making of ‘underground’ combat sports
    • Authors: Neil Gong
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      How can ethnographers access and assess macro-sociological influences on everyday life' This article extends Burawoy’s multi-case solution, which illuminates structural forces through case comparison, by using then critiquing it. I compare non-sanctioned fight events in two US states and ask why one organizes combat with self-regulation while the other utilizes a rationalized rule set, initially theorizing state regulation as the driver of contrasting niche markets. Yet to solve the first puzzle I must address another: why do organizers talk about avoiding governmental intervention when neither fears investigation' Drawing on ethnomethodology, I show how ‘the state’ becomes a resource for organizational boundary work. My contribution to micro-macro analysis is to reconcile the two frames: actual structural pressures disclosed by multi-case logic and the false discourse of ‘the state’ observed in interaction. Eschewing polemics over ‘relational’ versus ‘comparative’ approaches, I demonstrate the necessity of pluralism to see ‘the macro’ in ethnography.
      Citation: Ethnography
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118792934
       
  • Under the bridge in Tehran: Addiction, Poverty and Capital
         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

    • Authors: Maziyar Ghiabi
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      The article provides an ethnographic study of the lives of the ‘dangerous class’ of drug users based on fieldwork carried out among different drug using ‘communities’ in Tehran between 2012 and 2016. The primary objective is to articulate the presence of this category within modern Iran, its uses and its abuses in relation to the political. What drives the narration is not only the account of this lumpen, plebeian group vis à vis the state, but also the way power has affected their agency, their capacity to be present in the city, and how capital/power and the dangerous/lumpen life come to terms, to conflict, and to the production of new situations which affect urban life.
      Citation: Ethnography
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118787534
       
  • Conflict chatnography: Instant messaging apps, social media and conflict
           ethnography in Ukraine
    • Authors: Ilmari Käihkö
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      Social media and instant messaging are fast becoming an integral part of contemporary life, and subsequently of ethnographic research. As ethnography is essentially a process defined by relations between people, this article investigates how online interaction influenced my relationships with the people I studied: Ukrainian volunteer battalions. Framed in a broader context of conflict ethnography, the resulting chatnography made access to informants tremendously easier, and allowed for remote data collection. Chatnography nevertheless exacerbated ethical challenges posed by study of armed conflict. The blending of offline and online also led to despatialization, and the blurring of personal and professional. This questions the traditional notion of the ‘field’, while more immediately threatening to limit my private life. While not a magic bullet, the convenience of chatnography means that it will be here for years to come. This article offers an attempt to investigate what this entails in practice.
      Citation: Ethnography
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118781640
       
  • The making of the professional criminal in Turkey
    • Authors: Boran Ali Mercan
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      This article explores how the subject becomes a professional criminal, setting out the life experiences of a group of (ex-)offenders in Turkey who have desisted from crime for 15 years. By analysing the socially-individuated trajectories of offenders, it analytically traces out how the primary habitus inherited from lower-class, migrant, doorkeeper cosmology fits in with the secondary criminal habitus: a bodily-mental, informally-trained capacity to carry out burglary. The formation of criminal habitus is dissected into conative, cognitive and affective components to demonstrate how specialist (physical) breaking and entering skills, maintaining composure, self-confidence, resourcefulness and fluency in the Turkish subcultural language of the street are developed in such a way as to professionalise the modus operandi of burglary. Undertaking the dispositional theory of action, the primary contribution lies in exploring the formative principles of the bodily and mental dispositions necessary to commit a criminal action in a non-Western context.
      Citation: Ethnography
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118779604
       
  • Care and reunification in a Cape Verdean family: Changing articulations of
           family and legal ties
    • Authors: Heike Drotbohm
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      This article looks at the interaction between transnational family relationships, on the one hand, and family-related immigration policies, on the other. Taking the conflicting concerns that arose between administrative decision-makers and family members during an attempt to reunite a Cape Verdean family spread across several countries as an example, the questions of what ‘family’ means, what relationships are included and the nature of the relationships involved answered differently by different actors will be shown. The article discusses the way in which the regulation of transnational mobility according to specific categories of eligibility is giving social ties a concrete legal form which can run contrary to the social conventions and conceptions of migrants and their families. The focus is on both the normative categories that have repercussions for the core of the social sphere and on the family practices that react to these categorizations.
      Citation: Ethnography
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118774071
       
  • Food in fashion modelling: Eating as an aesthetic and moral practice
         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

    • Authors: Sylvia M. Holla
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      This paper investigates the relation between food, the body and morality in fashion modelling. More than has been recognized so far, eating is a continuous form of body work that is decidedly essential to aesthetic labour. Against the backdrop of slender aesthetics, models are purposefully socialized into remaining or becoming slender, through food beliefs inducing them to eat in specific ways. Food is classified into good and bad categories, and believed to affect male and female bodies differently. But other than to aesthetics or gender, considering ‘what (not) to eat’ links to morality, enabling models to draw symbolic boundaries between themselves and others. These show two main moral imperatives: models should eat controlled and effortlessly. Solving this moral paradox, models normalize and conceal controlled eating. Ultimately, the fashion modelling food system preoccupies models with self-surveillance and reinforces power inequalities between models and other professionals.
      Citation: Ethnography
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118769914
       
  • Three branches of literary anthropology: Sources, styles, subject matter
    • Authors: Ellen Wiles
      Abstract: Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      ‘What is literary anthropology'’ – a deceptively simple question, posed by anthropologist Paul Stoller – unleashes debate about the perceived identity of the field. Through the lens of three book reviews, this essay proposes conceptualizing literary anthropology as a central stem with three branches. The first is the use of literary texts as ethnographic source material, particularly for historical anthropologists. The second is the use of literary modes of writing ethnography, ranging from the incorporation of metaphorical language and the subversion of conventional ethnographic structures to the production of fiction as ethnography. The third is the anthropological examination of literary cultural and production practices. The third has been underexplored in the academy to date, the second has been at the centre of fierce controversy within the wider field of anthropology, while the first has arguably been limited by restrictive disciplinary and epistemological assumptions.
      Citation: Ethnography
      DOI: 10.1177/1466138118762958
       
 
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