Ethnography through Thick and Thin | Princeton University PressEthnohistory By George E. Ethnography, understood as fieldwork and the writing that it engenders, has been the key research method of cultural anthropology in the twentieth century. Nevertheless, since the s the established practice has been severely criticized by scholars inspired by literary criticism and philosophy. But the postmodernist critique makes further important points. It makes it clear that culture is not an object to be described but temporal, and is frequently contested by outsiders as well as insiders.
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George E. Many of our ebooks are available through library electronic resources including these platforms:. In the s, George Marcus spearheaded a major critique of cultural anthropology, expressed most clearly in the landmark book Writing Culture, which he coedited with James Clifford. Ethnography through Thick and Thin updates and advances that critique for the late s. Marcus presents a series of penetrating and provocative essays on the changes that continue to sweep across anthropology. Marcus rejects the view, often expressed, that these changes are undermining anthropology. The book is divided into three main parts.
The user has requested enhancement of the downloaded file. All in-text references underlined in blue are added to the original document and are linked to publications on ResearchGate, letting you access and read them immediately. In the mids, I specified two modes in which ethnographic re- search was embedding itself within the context, of a historic and con- temporary world system of capitalist political economy 56, The most common mode preserves the intensively-focuserl-upon single site of ethnographic observation and participation while developing by other means and methods the world system context. Examples of these other methods include working in archives and adapting the work of macrotheorists and other kinds of scholars as a mode of contextualiz- ing portraiture in terms of which the predicaments of local subjects are described and analyzed. In this mode, a vital literature continues to appear on the historic colonial and contemporary incorporation of peoples as working classes or on the apparent reduction of local cul- tures by the macro-processes associated with capitalist political econ- omy in the many forms it lias taken e.