Epistemology

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By Andrew Dawson, Jenny Hockey, Allison James

This assortment addresses the subject matter of illustration in anthropology. Its fourteen articles discover a number of the instructions within which modern anthropology is relocating, following the questions raised by way of the ''writing culture'' debates of the Eighties. It comprises dialogue of concerns comparable to: * the idea that of caste in Indian society * scottish ethnography * how desires are culturally conceptualised * representations of the family members * tradition as conservation * gardens, subject parks and the anthropologist in Japan * illustration in rural Japan * people's position within the panorama of Northern Australia * representing identification of the recent Zealand Maori.

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Her dream diary becomes an indicator 24 Lisette Josephides of anthropological methodology, by tracing an involuntary drawing of her own consciousness into a physiological and cultural mimesis of women’s cultural creations. At first she views her dreams as nightmares, until they are assigned a proper referent by Maniat women, who interpret them as warnings. : 232). It was not enough to see the women’s world through their eyes; the ethnographer had to participate in its creation in order to experience what was being created.

In another essay, Visweswaran recounts her attempts to interview three women friends, again on their involvement in the nationalist struggle. Their answers are more forthcoming, but not always straightforward and in some cases deliberately misleading. Though this time the confusion is over two of the friends’ marriages, the ethnographer easily finds that state betrayal is implicated in the women’s unwillingness to speak. In a subtle way, one woman, Janaki, betrays the other to the ethnographer, and the ethnographer resorts to the archives in order, in the end, to tell us more of Janaki’s story than Janaki ever told her.

Asad 1986:162) Modern anthropology was concerned to discern a human nature that could, once it was understood, serve as a basis for understanding—and implicitly for dissolving—cultural difference. Its tendency to ‘fix’ the peoples of other cultures within social and cultural structures which entrapped them in the ‘idioms of their beliefs’ served to explain why they had to date played no role in the modernising process; the ‘translation’ of those beliefs into the idiom of modernist comprehension served as a prolegomenon to the destruction of those aspects of their cultures that prevented assimilation into the project of modernity.

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