Keep Listening: Ethnography and Reading

Jonathan Boyarin

in The Ethnography of Reading

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780520079557
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520913431 | DOI:
Keep Listening: Ethnography and Reading

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Reading has not been among the rubrics of standard ethnographic research and writing. Why this should have been so is a question that should be asked, not that reading is a topic of ethnography. The first part of this chapter aims to show that answers may be found if people begin to think about the ways in which literacy has been approached in anthropology. The second part explores how ethnographic work with written texts may help us to subvert the dictates of literacy to the extent that we concentrate on reading.

Keywords: literacy; reading; anthropology; social history; ethnographic research; writing

Chapter.  8085 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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