Students, Natives, Colleagues: Encounters in Academia and in the Field

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Essay Excerpt

In what follows, I try to examine the contexts within which anthropologists may achieve the identity of native (or fail to escape it, try as they may) and the consequences this has for their identification with the discipline. In doing so, I draw largely on my own experience and that of colleagues and students in Greece, as well as on the relevant literature.2 The identities of native anthropologists are constructed andc ontested in the context of cognitive and cultural hierarchies operating both in the metropolitan centers of knowledge and in their homes. During their study in Western institutions, where the concept of the native has been constructed, non-Euro-American students are introduced into the basic theoretical opposition between a universal learned discourse and the local constructs that are its objects. When they return to practice anthropology in their own countries, they are caught between their position as representatives of this universal discourse and as members in the community they study.  (Bakalaki, 503)

About the Author

Bakalaki is a Professor at the University of Thessaloniki.

She was born in Thessaloniki in 1953.

Shee studied in the U.S.: In 1975 she graduated (BA) Sociology from Indiana University in 1963 and a doctorate in anthropology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

From 1987 to 2000 she taught social anthropology at the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of the Aegean.

Her research interests focus on the history and theory of cultural and social anthropology, the anthropology of gender and economic anthropology. Her research focuses on contemporary Greek society.

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