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Ethnographic macro-tropes and anthropological theory

Rumsey, Alan

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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]

dc.contributor.authorRumsey, Alan
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:43:44Z
dc.identifier.issn1463-4996
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/79331
dc.description.abstractMany 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 relations are used to build up an image of corresponding social ones. Through a close reading of four sample ethnographies I show that other, quite different macro-tropes have also been used, and that their use has contributed in an essential way to anthropological understanding, in at least some cases running ahead of related developments in theory rather than merely changing in response to them.
dc.publisherSage Publications Inc
dc.sourceAnthropological Theory
dc.subjectKeywords: Anthropological theory; Diamond Queen; Ethnographic writing; Poetics; Radcliffe-Brown; Religion of Java; Rhetoric; The Nuer
dc.titleEthnographic macro-tropes and anthropological theory
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume4
dc.date.issued2004
local.identifier.absfor160103 - Linguistic Anthropology
local.identifier.absfor160104 - Social and Cultural Anthropology
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub7795
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationRumsey, Alan, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage267
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage298
local.identifier.doi10.1177/1463499604045565
dc.date.updated2015-12-11T10:14:04Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-34249661043
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