Commitment and Contextual Study in Anthropology

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Anthropologists feel they have scrutinized their role in the field and their ethnographic writings through the screen of reflexivity and textual analysis.14 But these personal ventures of self-searching, as well as the more penetrating examination of texts, do not replace a need for a disciplined approach to the contextual study of ethnographic work, writing, and publication.5 The development of this approach, which seems to have started with the revelation of Malinowski's diaries (1967), requires that we further deepen our understanding of the processes and the constraints in the construction of anthropological knowledge. (Shokeid, 474)

About the Author

Moshe Shokeid is a Professor of Anthropology at Tel-Aviv University. His main research interests are: identity, gender and sexuality, social movements and activism, religion, ethnographic writing and more.


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