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Auto/ethnography : Rewriting the Self and - Deborah Reed-Danahay


Rewriting the Self and

Paperback Published: 1st August 1997
ISBN: 9781859739754
Number Of Pages: 292

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In departing from the traditional stance taken by anthropologists, who study 'others' ethnographically, this timely book explores forms of self-inscription on the part of both the ethnographer and those 'others' who are studied. Informed by developments in postmodernism, postcolonialism, and feminism, this is an original contribution to the growing dialogue across disciplinary boundaries. The chapters build upon recent reconsiderations of the uses and meaning of personal narrative to examine the ways in which selves and social forms are culturally constituted through biographical genres. Ethnic autobiography, self-reflexivity in ethnography, and native ethnography raise provocative questions about a range of issues for the contemporary scholar: authenticity of voice; ethnographic authority; and the degree to which autoethnography constitutes resistance to hegemonic bodies of discourse. Examined here in a variety of cultural and political contexts, writing about the self offers challenging insights into the construction and transformation of identities and cultural meanings.

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'The different writings analysed in the book address major anthropological concerns because they make possible a better understanding of the self and the social in literary societies.' Anthropological Quarterly

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Notes on Contributorsp. ix
List of Illustrationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Power, Documentation, and Resistance
Narrating Cultural Resurgence: Genre and Self-Representation for Pan-Mayan Writersp. 21
Autoethnography as Political Resistance: A Case from Socialist Romaniap. 47
The Power of Biography: Criminal Policy, Prison Life, and the Formation of Criminal Identities in the Swedish Welfare Statep. 71
Exile, Memory, and Identity
Lives Writ Large: Kabyle Self-Portraits and the Question of Identityp. 107
Leaving Home: Schooling Stories and the Ethnography of Autoethnography in Rural Francep. 123
Narrating the "I" versus Narrating the "Isle": Life Histories and the Problem of Representation on Corsicap. 145
Voice, Representation, and Genre
The Taming of Revolution: Intense Paradoxes of the Selfp. 169
Writing Birthright: On Native Anthropologists and the Politics of Representationp. 195
Blurred Genres and Blended Voices: Life History, Biography, Autobiography, and the Auto/Ethnography of Women's Livesp. 223
Bibliographyp. 247
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9781859739754
ISBN-10: 185973975X
Series: Explorations in Anthropology
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 1st August 1997
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1