Improvising Theory by Allaine Cerwonka
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Improvising Theory
By Allaine Cerwonka

Improvising Theory

Process and Temporality in Ethnographic Fieldwork New edition

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Improvising Theory by Allaine Cerwonka

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Scholars have long recognized that ethnographic method is bound up with the construction of theory in ways that are difficult to teach. The reason, Allaine Cerwonka and Liisa H. Malkki argue, is that ethnographic theorization is essentially improvisational in nature, conducted in real time and in necessarily unpredictable social situations. In a unique account of, and critical reflection on, the process of theoretical improvisation in ethnographic research, the authors demonstrate how both objects of analysis and our ways of knowing and explaining them are created and discovered in the give and take of real life, in all its immediacy. "Improvising Theory" centers on the year-long correspondence between Cerwonka, then a graduate student in political science conducting research in Australia, and her anthropologist mentor, Malkki. Through regular e-mail exchanges, Malkki attempted to teach Cerwonka, then new to the discipline, the basic tools and subtle intuition needed for anthropological fieldwork. The result is a strikingly original dissection of the processual ethics and politics of method in ethnography.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226100319
ISBN-10: 0226100316
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 154mm x 12mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 10-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Allaine Cerwonka

Allaine Cerwonka is associate professor in and chair of the gender studies department at Central European University, Budapest and author of Native to the Nation: Disciplining Landscapes and Bodies in Australia. Liisa H. Malkki is associate professor of cultural anthropology at Standford University and author of Purity and Exile: Violence, Memory, and National Cosmology among Hutu Refugees in Tanzania, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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