Writing Culture and the Life of Anthropology
Orin Starn is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. He is the author of The Passion of Tiger Woods: An Anthropologist Reports on Golf, Race, and Celebrity Scandal and Nightwatch: The Politics of Protest in the Andes, and the coeditor of The Peru Reader, all also published by Duke University Press.
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.