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Can we all be maitres a penser? Is anyone interested in us doing this beside… us? And even all of us? So yes, I think that thinking through the legacy of Levi-Strauss we do have to think about how we imagine the discipline. Could how we imagine the discipline begin with how we imagine our predecessors? Do we turn to them for inspiration? Or for models to follow? My model is Victor Turner. The former provide me with flashes of insight but fail as models of how to develop those insights. Turner showed me how to do anthropology, in both his person and his methods.
Thus, what do I take away from L-S? The hint to look for the logic in tangible qualities, a view of knowledge as taking shape like a galaxy with stars forming in the center but the edges remaining forever blurry, the provocation of a Mendelevian table of the mind. Heavens, no.
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The former is a gigantic exercise in searching for the logic in tangible qualities corrupted by excessive dependence on Hegelian dialectic. Geertz, too, provides me with inspirations. Yes, we do need thick description. But then he leaves me in the lurch. How precisely do you gather the necessary information and then proceed to write one? In article after article he, too, provides prologomena, provocations that point to possibilities but provide no model for further exploration. Turner shows me the nuts and bolts: We deal with three kinds of data, concrete social relations revealed in forms like village maps, hut diagrams, genealogies, extended case studies that reveal their dynamics; what our collaborators tell us; and what we see, taste, hear, smell or touch with our own senses.
All are essential to a full ethnography.
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Without the concrete social relations, what informants tell us floats off into an ethereal description of ideas, a primitive history of ideas without a social context. Without the challenge of what our collaborators tell us, we stumble too quickly into imposing our own preconceptions. Without our own observations we fall too easily into taking what they say for granted, failing to note the contradictions between what they say and what they do or make. Our task, if we are willing and able to undertake it, is to consider all three and construct an ethnography as rich in detail as possible, so that others who come after us can point to what they notice and challenge what we say.
As a practical matter we may not be able to do all this by ourselves. We may be forced to focus on one set of data or another.
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Then, however, we can turn to others who bring other information or ideas to the table. We can participate in conversations with people in other disciplines as well as other anthropologists. Bologna, , 1 luglio, rogito originale di 36 pp, timbro a secco, tassa di registrazione, timbro e firma del notaio Giuseppe Verardini di Bologna con mappa catastale colorata a mano dei terreni tra il Fiume Reno, Strada del Palazzaccio e Cimitero di Bagno.
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