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The Venture

in Navigators of the Contemporary

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226887517
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226887531 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226887531.003.0001
The Venture

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This chapter presents the author's thoughts about the present volume, which emerged from conversations between the author, who is a lawyer, and his two friends who are anthropologists. These conversations focused on the situation of and possibilities for contemporary ethnography, which can easily shade into (or more truly, are required by) broader concerns regarding the discipline of anthropology vis-à-vis its institutional setting in the university, and vis-à-vis competing ways of understanding the world and our places within it. An overview of the four parts of the book is also presented.

Keywords: lawyer; anthropology; ethnography; university

Chapter.  1784 words. 

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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