Anthropologist as Anti-Christ: Positioning and Reciprocity in San Miguel Acatán, Guatemala

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/110215
Title:
Anthropologist as Anti-Christ: Positioning and Reciprocity in San Miguel Acatán, Guatemala
Author:
Jafek, Timothy B.
Citation:
Arizona Anthropologist #13: pp. 83-100, ©1998 Association of Student Anthropologists, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721
Publisher:
University of Arizona, Department of Anthropology
Journal:
Arizona Anthropologist
Issue Date:
1998
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/110215
Abstract:
The accusation by some villagers that I was an Anti-Christ provides an opportunity to reflect on the production of anthropological knowledge. The production of knowledge by anthropologists must not only take into account the personal characteristics of the anthropologist but also the ways in which the culture the anthropologist studies classifies that anthropologist, thereby making available to him or her certain ways of knowing. I my case, as an unmarried man with no visible means of economic support, I appeared similar to others, like Earthlords, and priests, who offered villagers Faustian bargains. The deals' dangers lay in the fact that the exchanges occurred outside of the moral and social frameworks which undergird the community. Thus, their accusation of me as antithetical to the community opens an opportunity to consider the nature of that community.
Type:
Article
Language:
en_US
Keywords:
San Miguel Acatán; Guatemala; Maya; reciprocity; community; production of knowledge
ISSN:
1062-1601

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorJafek, Timothy B.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-08-24T01:22:32Z-
dc.date.available2010-08-24T01:22:32Z-
dc.date.issued1998-
dc.identifier.citationArizona Anthropologist #13: pp. 83-100, ©1998 Association of Student Anthropologists, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721en_US
dc.identifier.issn1062-1601-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/110215-
dc.description.abstractThe accusation by some villagers that I was an Anti-Christ provides an opportunity to reflect on the production of anthropological knowledge. The production of knowledge by anthropologists must not only take into account the personal characteristics of the anthropologist but also the ways in which the culture the anthropologist studies classifies that anthropologist, thereby making available to him or her certain ways of knowing. I my case, as an unmarried man with no visible means of economic support, I appeared similar to others, like Earthlords, and priests, who offered villagers Faustian bargains. The deals' dangers lay in the fact that the exchanges occurred outside of the moral and social frameworks which undergird the community. Thus, their accusation of me as antithetical to the community opens an opportunity to consider the nature of that community.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Arizona, Department of Anthropologyen_US
dc.subjectSan Miguel Acatánen_US
dc.subjectGuatemalaen_US
dc.subjectMayaen_US
dc.subjectreciprocityen_US
dc.subjectcommunityen_US
dc.subjectproduction of knowledgeen_US
dc.titleAnthropologist as Anti-Christ: Positioning and Reciprocity in San Miguel Acatán, Guatemalaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalArizona Anthropologisten_US
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