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 discusses the contributions of refunctioned ethnography to intellectual life. It suggests that the possibility that ethnography can provide intellectual lives outside of anthropology with (1) a viable aesthetic of adventure; (2) a fairly disciplined preoccupation with the imaginary; and (3) a sense of intellectual play in an age of intellectual property is more than enough reason to try and reconstruct ethnography so that it addresses our worlds.

Keywords: ethnography; ethnographers; intellectual life; anthropology

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Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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