Objects and Objections of Ethnography
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: Fordham University Press
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When I began my first work as an anthropologist, I was lost but I did not know it. Living in Sumatra, I learned the national language and the local language; I established myself and my wife in a beautiful wooden house set on stilts in a shady village in the midst...
1. Georg Simmel Reappears: ‘‘The Aesthetic Significance of the Face’’
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Michael Landmann, the editor of Georg Simmel’s collected works, tells this anecdote about him. Simmel had submitted a piece called ‘‘Psychological and Ethnological Studies on Music’’ as his doctoral dissertation. His examining committee refused...
2. Academic Work: The View from Cornell
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Many American universities were founded outside cities, often in places that evoke the admiration of European visitors for their beauty and sometimes evoke surprise that one would think of having a university in such an environment. The attempt to separate...
3. Kiblat and the Mediatic Jew
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Practically speaking, there are no Jews in Indonesia. Nor do Indonesians usually claim that there are. But it is now said that strong Jewish influence is corrupting Islam, sometimes disguised as orthodox Islamic truth and producing political unrest...
4. The Curse of the Photograph: Atjeh 1901
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When I was in Aceh,1 the province of Indonesia on the northern tip of Sumatra, in 2000, I was not surprised to find nearly every Acehnese I met strongly against the government. Most people supported the Free Aceh Movement, which meant they wanted...
5. The Hypnotist
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The tsunami that struck parts of Asia in December 2004 struck hardest in Aceh, the province of Indonesia on the north coast of Sumatra. Three years afterwards I took a trip through the coastal cities with two friends, Arief Djati, who works with...
6. ‘‘Tout autre est tout autre’’
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The ‘‘other’’ taken into account by ethnography has been the peoples of different cultures. That type of otherness is suspect today, suspect to such a degree that the practice of ethnography, particularly in the United States, has been revised. One is not surprised...
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Page Count: 192
Publication Year: 2010