The Ethnographic Self as Resource: Writing Memory and Experience Into Ethnography

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"...an excellent collection of anthropological autobiographical essays focusing on the positionality and resource of the self in ethnography...The essays are engaging and well written...[and] remind me of some of those classic anthropological / ethnographic collections - interesting in their own right to read, but also serving as a good teaching resource." · Amanda Coffey, Cardiff University

It is commonly acknowledged that anthropologists use personal experiences to inform their writing. However, it is often ...

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Overview

"...an excellent collection of anthropological autobiographical essays focusing on the positionality and resource of the self in ethnography...The essays are engaging and well written...[and] remind me of some of those classic anthropological / ethnographic collections - interesting in their own right to read, but also serving as a good teaching resource." · Amanda Coffey, Cardiff University

It is commonly acknowledged that anthropologists use personal experiences to inform their writing. However, it is often assumed that only fieldwork experiences are relevant and that the personal appears only in the form of self-reflexivity. This book takes a step beyond anthropology at home and auto-ethnography and shows how anthropologists can include their memories and experiences as ethnographic data in their writing. It discusses issues such as authenticity, translation and ethics in relation to the self, and offers a new perspective on doing ethnographic fieldwork.

Peter Collins received his PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester in 1994 and is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University. He was previously a Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Manchester. He is the author of numerous articles, and his primary research interests are religion, space and place, narrative theory and qualitative methods.

Anselma Gallinat received a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Durham in 2002 and has worked as a Research Assistant and Associate on applied projects. She is currently a Lecturer in Sociology at Newcastle University (UK). She has worked on questions of sociocultural change, narrative, identity, and most recently memory and morality in eastern Germany.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781782380610
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue Anselma Gallinat Gallinat, Anselma

1 The Ethnographic Self as Resource: an Introduction Anselma Gallinat Gallinat, Anselma 1

PART I Being Self And Other: Anthropologists At Home

2 Playing the Native Card: the Anthropologist as Informant in Eastern Germany Anselma Gallinat Gallinat, Anselma 25

3 Foregrounding the Self in Fieldwork among Rural Women in Croatia Lynette Sikic-Micanovic Sikic-Micanovic, Lynette 45

4 Some Reflections on the 'Enchantments' of Village Life, or Whose Story is This? Anne Kathrine Larsen Larsen, Anne Kathrine 63

5 The Ethics of Participant Observation: Personal Reflections on Fieldwork in England Nigel Rapport Rapport, Nigel 78

PART II Working On/With/Through Memory

6 Ethnographers as Language Learners: From Oblivion and Towards an Echo Alison Phipps Phipps, Alison 97

7 Leading Questions and Body Memories: a Case of Phenomenology and Physical Ethnography in the Dance Interview Jonathan Skinner Skinner, Jonathan 111

8 Dualling Memories: Twinship and the Disembodiment of Identity Dorothy I. Davis Davis, Dorothy I. 129

9 Remembering and the Ethnography of Children's Sports Noel Dyck Dyck, Noel 150

10 Gardening in Time: Happiness and Memory in American Horticulture Jane Nadel-Klein Nadel-Klein, Jane 165

PART III Ethnographic Selves Through Time

11 The Role of Serendipity and Memory in Experiencing Fields Tamara Kohn Kohn, Tamara 185

12 Serendipities, Uncertainties and Improvisations in Movement and Migration Vered Amit Amit, Vered 200

13 On Remembering and Forgetting in Writing and Fieldwork Simon Coleman Coleman, Simon 215

14 The Ethnographic Self as Resource? Peter Collins Collins, Peter 228

15 Epilogue: What a Story we Anthropolgists Have to Tell! James W. Fernandez Fernandez, James W. 246

Notes on Contributors 253

Index 257

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