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Mementos, Artifacts and Hallucinations from the Ethnographer's Tent

Edited By Ron Emoff, David Henderson Copyright 2002
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    208 Pages
    by Routledge

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    With contributions from leading researchers in the fields of anthropology, ethnomusicology, and folklore, this volume contains personal, imaginative accounts of ethnographic fieldwork that do not fit into a traditional scholarly context, yet are a vital part of research. Some pieces are engaging autobiographical accounts of ethnographers' experiences in the field, while others are fictional narratives. These tales take readers to a range of locales, offering richly detailed portraits of informants, local cultures, and life in the field.

    About the Contributors Introduction Samosir's Dark Rains Andrew Causey Sacred Secrets: Lessons with Francisco Katherine Hagedorn Wildness in the Heart of Town Ron Emoff The God of Doorways Kirin Narayan A Touch of Danger Karen Tranberg Hansen Leaving My Father's House Amitava Kumar Miguel Alemán and His Dam Ben Feinberg The Battered Wife's Tale Laurel Kendall The Freak Street Riots of '59 David Henderson The Last Time Tere Danced a Rumba Ruth Behar


    Ron Emoff is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Ohio State University, Newark. David Henderson is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at St. Lawrence University.

    "What most recommends [this] is the quality and care with which the individual contributions have been produced.there is not a weak or superfluous piece among them." -- George Marcus, Rice University
    "These ethnographic 'outtakes' vividly demonstrate how ethnographers and the people they write about brush against one another in a complex interpolation of exterior and interior realities. This volume is a pleasure to read: truly enjoyable, deeply moving, and full of solid scholarship." -- Marina Roseman, Pacific Graduate Center
    "Resonant, provocative, and genre-bending, these pieces capture - and at times engender anew for readers - those moments of recognition, misrecognition, and indeterminacy frequent in ethnographic engagement. A lively and significant contribution and one that raises questions of real consequence with élan and principled imagination." -- Don Brenneis, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz.
    "While the book presents a collection of works in very diffrent styles, editors Emoff and Henderson have done an excellent job combining these diverse species of ethnographic narrative into a meaningful and provocative volume." -- Anthropology & Education Quarterly