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The Arrogance of Ethnography: Managing Anthropological Research Knowledge

Holcombe, Sarah


The ethnographic method is a core feature of anthropological practice. This locally intensive research enables insight into local praxis and culturally relative practices that would otherwise not be possible. Indeed, empathetic engagement is only possible in this close and intimate encounter. However, this paper argues that this method can also provide the practitioner with a false sense of his or her own knowing and expertise and, indeed, with arrogance. And the boundaries between the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Aboriginal Studies


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