Improvising Theory Process and Temporality in Ethnographic Fieldwork

Innbundet / 2007 / Engelsk

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ISBN13
9780226100302
Publisert
2007
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University of Chicago Press
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06, P
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Engelsk
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224
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422 gr
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237 mm
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159 mm
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Improvising Theory Process and Temporality in Ethnographic Fieldwork

Innbundet / 2007 / Engelsk
Scholars have long recognized that ethnographic method is bound up with the construction of theory in ways that are difficult to teach. The reason, Allaine Cerwonka and Liisa H. Malkki argue, is that ethnographic theorization is essentially improvisational in nature, conducted in real time and in necessarily unpredictable social situations. In a unique account of, and critical reflection on, the process of theoretical improvisation in ethnographic research, the authors demonstrate how both objects of analysis and our ways of knowing and explaining them are created and discovered in the give and take of real life, in all its immediacy. "Improvising Theory" centers on the year-long correspondence between Cerwonka, then a graduate student in political science conducting research in Australia, and her anthropologist mentor, Malkki. Through regular e-mail exchanges, Malkki attempted to teach Cerwonka, then new to the discipline, the basic tools and subtle intuition needed for anthropological fieldwork. The result is a strikingly original dissection of the processual ethics and politics of method in ethnography.
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Scholars have long recognized that ethnographic method is bound up with the construction of theory in ways that are difficult to teach. This work argues that the reason for this is that ethnographic theorization is essentially improvisational in nature, conducted in real time and in necessarily unpredictable social situations.
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"Improvising Theory represents the stupendous outcome of what should be an ordinary procedure - the interaction between a faculty member and her advisee in the field. What makes this book so remarkable is that both sides of this correspondence maintain a tone that is richly literary. Moreover, the exchange is a model for the kind of pedagogical relationship we should all aim to have with our students." - Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University"
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Allaine Cerwonka is associate professor in and chair of the gender studies department at Central European University, Budapest and author of Native to the Nation: Disciplining Landscapes and Bodies in Australia. Liisa H. Malkki is associate professor of cultural anthropology at Standford University and author of Purity and Exile: Violence, Memory, and National Cosmology among Hutu Refugees in Tanzania, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
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ISBN13
9780226100302
Publisert
2007
Utgiver
Vendor
University of Chicago Press
Aldersnivå
06, P
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
Format
Product format
Innbundet
Sider
224
Vekt
422 gr
Høyde
237 mm
Bredde
159 mm
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