They Lie, We Lie: Getting on with Anthropology

By Peter Metcalf

They Lie, We Lie is an try out by means of an skilled fieldworker to have interaction contemporary reviews in ethnography, that's the writing of tradition, made either from inside anthropology and from such disciplines as cultural stories and post-colonial concept. this is often important simply because there was a polarization inside of anthropology among those that react dismissively to what Marshall Sahlins calls 'afterology' and people who locate the opinions so crippling as to make it demanding to get on with anthropology in any respect. Metcalf bridges this divide through interpreting the contradictions of fieldwork in reference to a specific 'informant', an impressive previous girl who attempted for 20 years to manage what he could and wouldn't research. At every one degree, the writer attracts out the final implications of his concern by way of making comparisions to the main well-known of all fieldwork relationships, that among Victor Turner and Muchona.
The result's an account that's available to these unexpected with the present opinions of ethnography, and invaluable to those that are just too universal to them. His dialogue indicates, no longer how one can keep away from the opinions, yet how in truth anthropologists have coped with the existential dilemmas of fieldwork.

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Basically, any activist operating with the lace makers may possibly pro®t from ethnographic details, however it isn't transparent how Mohanty plans to exploit it, that's, how she connects the overall and the actual. One case might definitely be pretty much as good as one other in undermining ``simplistic formulations. '' there is not any query of statistical representativeness. What I listen, hence and others, is a cautionary story or parable, an implicit assumption that the area one way or the other might be proven in a grain of sand, and that is also a well-recognized anthropological trope; one has purely to consider Bronislaw Malinowski's The Sexual lifetime of Savages (1929).

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The British coverage of oblique Rule made this all of the much more likely, when you consider that colonial management used to be conceived as a hierarchy that led from British of®cials, via indigenous specialists, right down to the village. ``First ®nd your chief,'' recommended Lord Lugard, originator of the coverage, and it really is most likely that Radcliffe-Brown his recommendation 56 persistent (Lloyd 1984: 272±3). most likely, ladies weren't usually topic to this grilling, simply because they didn't ®gure within the hierarchy. furthermore, who understands what sexual connotations there could have been in summoning them by myself to the district of®cer's bungalow, not to mention the planter's (Stoler 1991)?

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