Writing Culture and the Life of Anthropology
Orin Starn is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. He is the author of
The Legacies of Writing Culture and the Near Future of the Ethnographic Form: A Sketch
This chapter argues that the most lively contemporary legacy of the 1980s Writing Culture critiques now lie outside or beyond conventional texts, in the forms that are integral to fieldwork itself. Fieldwork today requires a kind of collaborative concept work that stimulates studios, archiving, and para-sites, which in turn constitute the most innovative expressions of ethnography, difficult to capture in the traditional genre.
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