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.
If ethnography is the writing of life in its varied worlds, what forms must it take in addressing itself to the escalating and varied forms of mass death? This chapter explores the death of form(s) as an analogue for writing about mass death. It revisits a vexed conjuncture between ethnography and fiction in the Writing Culture debate to explore the question of ethnographic “emergence” as literary nonfiction.