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:

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This chapter considers the role of ethnographers in refunctioned ethnography. In contrast to the bilateral encounter over a camp table, ethnography for present situations is normally constituted by the ethnographer, multiple subjects in some relation to one another, and liaisons. The ethnographer who wishes to learn about present situations should expect to undertake multiple, essentially triangular, negotiations to produce ethnographic conversations. Or, to shift imagery: taken together, such encounters produce a conversational fabric, woven from negotiations among (and generally in this order): the ethnographer and the liaison; the liaison, on behalf of the ethnographer, and the subjects; and the ethnographer and the subjects.

Keywords: refunctioned ethnography; ethnographers; ethnographic fieldwork

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Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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