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Ethnographic macro-tropes and anthropological theory

Rumsey, Alan


Many accounts of the use of tropes in ethnography have not taken them seriously enough as potential sources of insight. Particularly important in this respect are 'ethnographic macro-tropes', which operate at the level of an entire ethnography to model its subject matter in particular ways. Thornton's (1988) pioneering work on the 'rhetoric of ethnographic holism' focused on one such trope as if it were the only available one: the trope of 'classification', through which textual part-whole...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Anthropological Theory
DOI: 10.1177/1463499604045565


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