The Ethnographer's Textual Presence: On Three Forms of Anthropological Authorship

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The anthropologist's point of view as an issue in its own right within anthropological discourse has gained increased recognition with the discovery of the autobiographical mark at its core.[2] Thus, self-searching inquiries alongside methodological considerations constitute the two main pathways into the personal origins of ethnography. However, if personal involvement is to be ascertained and understood neither as an idiosyncratic effect nor as a research imperative, focusing on the anthropologist as an individual must be suspended. That is, the fieldworker's propensities and preferences, the sociocultural systems of accountability to which the fieldworker is subjected, and the nature of the research arena all have to be kept at bay as relevant factors shaping the contours of the autobiographical presence in the composition of the ethnographic text. In short, our perspective on the issue at hand endeavors to unravel the metalanguage of incorporating personal interjections into the end product of the anthropological process (396). 

Hazan, Haim. "The Ethnographer's Textual Presence: On Three Forms of Anthropological Authorship." Cultural Anthropology 10.3(1995): 395–406.

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