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An Ethnographic Inventory
Field Devices for Anthropological Inquiry

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ISBN 9781032124391
March 31, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides an inventory of modes of inquiry for ethnographic research and presents fieldwork as an act of relational invention. It advances contemporary debates in ethnography by arguing that the empirical practice of anthropology is and has always been an inventive activity. Bringing together contributions from scholars across the world, the volume offers an expansive vision of the resourcefulness that anthropologists unfold in their empirical investigations by compiling inventive social and material techniques, or field devices, for anthropological inquiry. The chapters seek to inspire both novel and experienced practitioners of ethnography to venture into the many possibilities of fieldwork, to demonstrate the essential creative and inventive practices neglected in traditional accounts of ethnography, and to invite anthropologists to confidently engage in inventive fieldwork practices.

Table of Contents

Introduction. The ethnographic invention

Adolfo Estalella and Tomás Sánchez Criado

Interlude I: The principle of invention. For a pragmatics of the outside,

Martin Savransky

  1. How to counter-map collectively, Counter-Cartographies Collective
  2. How to produce responsive ethnography of data
  3. Jorge Núñez and Maka Suárez

  4. How to use disconcertment as ethnographic field-device,
  5. Helen Verran

    How to draw fieldnotes

    Letizia Bonanno

  6. How to do a digital epidemiography
  7. Shama Patel and John Postill

  8. How to make ethnographic research with exhibitions
  9. Francisco Martínez

  10. How to write fieldpoetry,
  11. Leah Zani

  12. How to flow with materials
  13. Rachel Harkness

  14. How to game ethnography
  15. Ignacio Farías and Tomás Sánchez Criado

  16. How to get caught in the ethnographic material
  17. Greg Pierotti and Cristiana Giordano

  18. How to devise collaborative hermeneutics
  19. Kim Fortun and Mike Fortun

  20. How to set ethnography in motion
  21. Monika Streule

  22. How to use pathosformeln in anthropological inquiry
  23. Anthony Stavrianakis

  24. How to perform field encounters
  25. Andrew Irving

  26. How to invent childhood publics with photo-stories
  27. Sevasti-Melissa Nolas, Christos Varvantakis and Vinnarasan Aruldoss

  28. How to remediate ethnography
  29. Adolfo Estalella

  30. How to disrupt our field habits with sensory probes
  31. Anna Harris

  32. How to stitch ethnography

Tania Pérez Bustos

Interlude II An elimination dance (a history of disciplining the field/s)

Denielle Elliott

Interlude III The politics of invention

Isaac Marrero-Guillamón and E. Gabriel Dattatreyan

Conclusion: Taking inventory

Tomás Sánchez Criado and Adolfo Estalella

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Tomás Sánchez Criado is a Senior Researcher in Urban Anthropology at the Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt-University of Berlin, Germany.

Adolfo Estalella is an Associate Professor in Social Anthropology in the Department of Social Anthropology and Social Psychology at Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.