Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/112054
Title:
Hermeneutics and Ethnography: An Interpretation of Two Texts
Author:
Goldstein, Daniel M.
Citation:
Arizona Anthropologist 7:21-30. © 1991 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:
1991
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/112054
Abstract:
The postmodern approach to the writing of ethnographic texts is characterized by authorial self-reflection and a "dialogic" approach to anthropological fieldwork, techniques derived from the philosophical method of hermeneutics. But this method is problematic when confronting issues of political economy in ethnography. This paper presents an analysis of ethnographic works by Jean Comaroff and Michael Taussig, two texts that attempt to incorporate both an interpretive and a world-systems perspective. The paper examines the value of a hermeneutic method for anthropology, suggesting that while self-reflection is useful in cultural analysis, the hermeneutic method cannot be applied wholesale to the practice of anthropology.
Type:
Article
Language:
en_US
ISSN:
1062-1601

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorGoldstein, Daniel M.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-29T16:43:29Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-29T16:43:29Z-
dc.date.issued1991-
dc.identifier.citationArizona Anthropologist 7:21-30. © 1991 Association of Student Anthropologists Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721en_US
dc.identifier.issn1062-1601-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/112054-
dc.description.abstractThe postmodern approach to the writing of ethnographic texts is characterized by authorial self-reflection and a "dialogic" approach to anthropological fieldwork, techniques derived from the philosophical method of hermeneutics. But this method is problematic when confronting issues of political economy in ethnography. This paper presents an analysis of ethnographic works by Jean Comaroff and Michael Taussig, two texts that attempt to incorporate both an interpretive and a world-systems perspective. The paper examines the value of a hermeneutic method for anthropology, suggesting that while self-reflection is useful in cultural analysis, the hermeneutic method cannot be applied wholesale to the practice of anthropology.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Arizona, Department of Anthropologyen_US
dc.titleHermeneutics and Ethnography: An Interpretation of Two Textsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalArizona Anthropologisten_US
All Items in UA Campus Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.