in The Power of the Between

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226775340
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226775364 | DOI:

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In ethnographies, memoirs, novels, and films, anthropologists tell other people's stories. In so doing, they tell their own stories as well. Many scholars may object to this assertion. This chapter asks: How can they reduce all of their efforts, participant observations, structured and unstructured interviews, excursions into the dusty byways of archives, to the telling of stories? How can they suggest that their reasoned discourse so boldly and confidently expressed in essays and scholarly monographs are no more than stories? Can there be reconciliation between stories and science?

Keywords: archives; stories; science

Chapter.  1009 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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