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In Focus: Ethnographic Emergences;Introduction to Ethnographic Emergences

Maurer, Bill

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This introduction situates the articles in this "In Focus" in terms of the history of anthropological theory. I argue that the objects under ethnographic scrutiny here compel a rethinking of ethnography as a method and a retooling of the theoretical apparatus of the discipline. Such fields as medicine, science, media, law, and environment pose challenges to modernist analytical toolkits because they are always already complex hybrids of nature and culture. They do not stay put inside their own...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMaurer, Bill
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T23:05:09Z
dc.date.available2015-12-13T23:05:09Z
dc.identifier.issn0002-7294
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/85399
dc.description.abstractThis introduction situates the articles in this "In Focus" in terms of the history of anthropological theory. I argue that the objects under ethnographic scrutiny here compel a rethinking of ethnography as a method and a retooling of the theoretical apparatus of the discipline. Such fields as medicine, science, media, law, and environment pose challenges to modernist analytical toolkits because they are always already complex hybrids of nature and culture. They do not stay put inside their own analytical frames. They are also autodocumentary and make use of the shift in perspective between general and particular to generate knowledge - much as anthropology does. This introduction is an argument for an anthropology of emergence that is not content to settle for mere descriptive adequacy but that uses its objects to unsettle anthropological claims to knowledge.
dc.publisherAmerican Anthropological Association
dc.sourceAmerican Anthropologist
dc.subjectKeywords: Anthropological theory; Ethnography; Science
dc.titleIn Focus: Ethnographic Emergences;Introduction to Ethnographic Emergences
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume107
dc.date.issued2005
local.identifier.absfor160104 - Social and Cultural Anthropology
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub13775
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMaurer, Bill, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage4
local.identifier.doi10.1525/aa.2005.107.1.001
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T07:59:02Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-17444402497
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