272 pages | 10 B/W Illus.
Contemporary Ethnographies is a call to use ethnography in imaginative ways, adjusting to rapidly evolving social circumstances. The book is based on a reflexive and theoretically grounded exploration of the author’s two main research projects – the study of the spiritist possession cult of María Lionza in Venezuela, and the analysis of the contemporary exhumation of Civil War (1936-1939) mass graves in contemporary Spain. Ferrándiz critically reviews the labyrinthine and continuous transforming nature of ethnographic engagement. He defends both the need for methodological rigour and the astounding flexibility of ethnography to adjust in creative ways to shifting realities in a dynamic world – a world in which research scenarios multiply, social actors are on the move (physically or digitally), violences proliferate, new technologies are transforming the experience and perception of human life, and the demand, production, circulation and consumption of knowledge is greatly diversified, overshadowing former well established and more hierarchical patterns of diffusion. The book is conceived of as a historically grounded open debate, providing as many certainties as moments of unpredictability and unresolved dilemmas. It is valuable reading for students and scholars interested in ethnographic methods and anthropological theory.
PART ONE: INTO THE LABYRINTH
1.1. Starting out
1.2. On ethnography 1.3. Scientific, hermeneutic and collaborative paradigms in anthropology 1.4. Brief history of fieldwork methods in anthropology and some classic examples
PART TWO: ETHNOGRAPHIES IN FLOW
2.1. Designing the research
2.2. Fieldwork as a methodological situation
2.3. Where to go?
2.5. Considering participant observation
2.6. Oninformants or interlocutors
2.7. Conversing, listening, interviewing and keeping quiet
2.8. Stories and itineraries of the body
2.9. Ethnography, audio-visual techniques and media, and new digital ecologies
2.10. Farewell to the field
2.11. Writing ethnography
PART THREE: ETHNOGRAPHIES OF THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE
3.1. Globalization: evolving research scenarios
3.2. Walking the tight rope: transnational research and ‘multi-sited’ ethnography
3.3. The ethnography of shock: violence, conflict, and social suffering
3.3.1. From everyday violence…
3.3.2. …to postconflict research
The Theorizing Ethnography book series seeks to reorient ethnographic engagements across disciplines, methods and ways of knowing. By focusing on ethnography as a point of tension between abstract thinking and situated life-worlds, the series promotes ethnographic method and writing as an analytical form that is always partial, open-ended and epistemologically querying.
Theorizing Ethnography employs 'concept', 'context' and 'critique' as devices to stimulate creative ethnographic thinking that transects lines of analysis and location. We publish work that reaches beyond academic, political and life-world divisions, and as such the series fosters contributions from across socially and critically engaged fields of practice. We welcome proposals for single-authored and multi-authored full-length monographs, as well as high quality edited volumes of disciplinary and trans-disciplinary resonance.
Possible themes include:
• The politics of knowledge, cultures of classification and borders of being
• Traffic in situated forms of knowledge and meta-theory
• Nature-cultures, emergent ecologies, and interspecies thinking
• Subjectivities, desires, and aspirations
• Materiality, infrastructures, futures
• Relations, sedimentation, emergence
• Queer, feminist, decolonial and otherwise critical ethnographies
Elisabeth L. Engebretsen: [email protected]
E.J. Gonzalez-Polledo: [email protected]
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