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The Anthropologist as Writer

Genres and Contexts in the Twenty-First Century

Edited by Helena Wulff

288 pages, 4 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-018-6 $110.00/£78.00 Hb Published (March 2016)

eISBN 978-1-78533-019-3 eBook


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“This well-written collection of essays is not merely a programmatic statement about the need for anthropologists to experiment with genres, but indicates how it can be done. It succeeds in showing just as much as telling, with examples ranging from the thought-provoking to the entertaining.” · Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of Oslo

Writing is crucial to anthropology, but which genres are anthropologists expected to master in the 21st century? This book explores how anthropological writing shapes the intellectual content of the discipline and academic careers. First, chapters identify the different writing genres and contexts anthropologists actually engage with. Second, this book argues for the usefulness and necessity of taking seriously the idea of writing as a craft and of writing across and within genres in new ways. Although academic writing is an anthropologist’s primary genre, they also write in many others, from drafting administrative texts and filing reports to composing ethnographically inspired journalism and fiction.

Helena Wulff is Professor of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University. Her publications include Ballet across Borders (1998, Bloomsbury), Dancing at the Crossroads (2007, Berghahn), and the edited volumes The Emotions (2007, Bloomsbury) and Ethnographic Practice in the Present (with Marit Melhuus and Jon P. Mitchell 2010, Berghahn).

Subject: Theory & Methodology in Anthropology
Area:

LC: GN307.7 .A56 2016

BISAC: SOC019000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Methodology; SOC002000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/General

BIC: JHM Anthropology




Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgements

Introducing the Anthropologist as Writer: Across and Within Genres
Helena Wulff

PART I: THE ROLE OF WRITING IN ANTHROPOLOGICAL CAREERS

Chapter 1. The Necessity of Being a Writer in Anthropology Today
Dominic Boyer

Chapter 2. Reading, Writing, and Recognition in the Emerging Academy
Don Brenneis

Chapter 3. O Anthropology, Where Art Thou? An Auto-Ethnography of Proposals
Sverker Finnström

Chapter 4. The Craft of Editing: Anthropology’s Prose and Qualms
Brian Moeran

Chapter 5. The Anglicization of Anthropology: Opportunities and Challenges
Máiréad Nic Craith

PART II: ETHNOGRAPHIC WRITING

Chapter 6. The Anthropologist as Storyteller
Alma Gottlieb

Chapter 7. Writing for the Future
Paul Stoller

Chapter 8. Life-writing: Anthropological Knowledge, Boundary-Making, and the Experiential
Narmala Halstead

Chapter 9. Chekhov as Ethnographic Muse
Kirin Narayan

PART III: REACHING OUT: POPULAR WRITING AND JOURNALISM

Chapter 10. On Some Nice Benefits and One Big Challenge of The Second File
Anette Nyqvist

Chapter 11. The Writer as Anthropologist
Oscar Hemer

Chapter 12. Writing Together: Tensions and Joy between Scholars and Activists
Eva-Maria Hardtmann, Vincent Manoharan, Urmila Devi, Jussi Eskola and Swarna Sabrina Francis

PART IV: WRITING ACROSS GENRES

Chapter 13. Fiction and Anthropological Understanding: A Cosmopolitan Vision
Nigel Rapport

Chapter 14. On Timely Appearances: Anthropology, Art, Literature
Mattias Viktorin

Chapter 15. Digital Narratives in Anthropology
Paula Uimonen

Chapter 16. Writing Otherwise
Ulf Hannerz

Index

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