When They Read What We Write

When They Read What We Write

by Caroline B. Brettell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0897893255

ISBN-13: 9780897893251

Pub. Date: 05/01/1993

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Stimulated by discussions of ethics and responsibility in anthropological fieldwork, this collection of essays explores what happens when people who are the subjects of the research read or learn about what has been written about them. The most acute problems arise from biased media reports in newspapers and on television that misconstrue the findings of the

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Stimulated by discussions of ethics and responsibility in anthropological fieldwork, this collection of essays explores what happens when people who are the subjects of the research read or learn about what has been written about them. The most acute problems arise from biased media reports in newspapers and on television that misconstrue the findings of the anthropological study. This work shows how long-term relationships of trust and cooperation between subject and researcher can be irrevocably damaged by misinformation, rumor, or lack of forethought. The ten seasoned ethnographers writing with considerable hindsight warn of the dangers of ignoring the native readership and suggest strategies that will avoid misunderstandings and misrepresentations in the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897893251
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/1993
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Fieldwork, Text, and Audience1
Pt. IContested Texts: Implications for Fieldwork and Rapport25
1Unintended Consequences: The Myth of "The Return" in Anthropological Fieldwork27
2Responding to the Anthropologist: When the Spiritual Baptists of Trinidad Read What I Write about Them37
Pt. IIPoliticized Texts: Insider, Outsider, and Ethnographic Authority49
3Involvement, Detachment, and Representation on Corsica51
4Fieldwork in Quebec, Scholarly Reviews, and Anthropological Dialogues67
5The Student of Culture and the Ethnography of Irish Intellectuals75
Pt. IIIMediated Texts: Issues of Representation and Identity91
6Whose History Is It? Selection and Representation in the Creation of a Text93
7When They Read What the Papers Say We Wrote107
Pt. IVCollaborative Texts: Ethics, Negotiation, and Compromise119
8Is Anonymity Possible? Writing about Refugees in the United States121
9Just Stories of Ethnographic Authority131
10Myths of Objectivity and the Collaborative Process in Life History Research145
11The Case of Mistaken Identity: Problems in Representing Women on the Right163
Bibliography177
Index193
About the Editor and Contributors199

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