After Writing Culture: Epistemology and Praxis in by Andrew Dawson, Jenny Hockey, Allison James

By Andrew Dawson, Jenny Hockey, Allison James

This assortment addresses the subject of illustration in anthropology. Its fourteen articles discover many of the instructions within which modern anthropology is relocating, following the questions raised by way of the ''writing culture'' debates of the Eighties. It contains dialogue of concerns akin to: * the idea that of caste in Indian society * scottish ethnography * how goals are culturally conceptualised * representations of the relatives * tradition as conservation * gardens, subject matter parks and the anthropologist in Japan * illustration in rural Japan * people's position within the panorama of Northern Australia * representing id of the hot Zealand Maori.

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Nor does she present this creative analogy as always her own achievement. She describes how Tani, a woman who had had a liaison with a foreign man, befriended her, and redefined both of them as women with initiative and experience, rather than women lacking male protection. This rapprochement was Tani’s achievement, not Tsing’s. Tani and other women with similar experiences told stories that alerted Tsing to the importance of seeking quite self-consciously for ways to construct cross-cultural relationships.

As a result of these failures in communication, Visweswaran rejects dialogical ideas about being able to speak with people in the text of an ethnography. The subject’s refusal is transformed into the ethnographer’s textual refusal to invite the reader to participate in the interpretive experience. Instead, Visweswaran offers us her uncoding, an interpretation informed by historical contextualisation. She ‘explains’ the subject to us, but will not collude with the reader in an interpretation of the subject.

Students articulated the dilemma by suggesting that there should be two books, since one was never sufficient. While they were engaged by the theoretical projects, they also Representing the anthropologist’s predicament 31 longed for another account that would describe or evoke people’s everyday realities. My project was to provide this account. ‘The Production of Ethnography’ is about the relations needed to produce anthropological knowledge, but it also produces that knowledge itself. It attempts to show that while this knowledge originates in the field, it is both partial and excessive.

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