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Ethnography and Fiction: Where Is the Border?

Narayan, Kirin


This article seeks to identify writing practices that indicate the presence of a border between ethnography and fiction. I trace a short history of anthropologists writing fiction and draw on a short extract from a novel I am writing that was inspired byfieldwork. Writing ethnographic texts and writing fiction, I argue, involves different perspectives on (1) the disclosure of process, (2) generalization, (3) representations of subjectivity, and (4) accountability. Such orienting landmarks...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1999-12
Type: Journal article
Source: Anthropology and Humanism
DOI: 10.1525/ahu.1999.24.2.134


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