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Paul Henley

Compared with the films produced by academic anthropologists, which were modest in both scope and technical complexity, or even with those produced for museums or for empire- and nation-building purposes, the films of ethnographic interest made during the first half of the twentieth century by film-makers working for commercial production companies were generally much more imaginative and technically accomplished. In order to make their films accessible to a popular audience, far from eschewing authorship, as anthropologists of the period

in Beyond observation
Dimitrios Theodossopoulos

31 2 Static sketches in transformation Describing the Emberá attire – a costume representative of a previous era – can be metaphorically compared to a series of photographic snapshots that capture only a small dimension of Emberá life: in the case of the Emberá costume, we see as much as fits in the frame of a picture, for example one that contains the representative male and female attire as an ideal type. As with other ethnographic portraits of ‘tradition’, the descriptions of the Emberá clothing are haunted by a proclivity to freeze a set of vibrant

in Exoticisation undressed
Films of the Sensory Ethnography Lab
Paul Henley

Since its establishment in 2006, the Sensory Ethnography Lab at the University of Harvard (henceforth the SEL) has been responsible for an impressive series of innovative and technically accomplished films, a number of which have vaulted the frontiers of academia and been widely distributed through festivals and even general cinema release, mostly to critical acclaim in the mass media. At the same time, these films have contributed to a lively debate within academia about the very nature of ethnographic film-making and, indeed, of ethnography

in Beyond observation
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Good relations, freespeech and political activism
Ruth Sheldon

decolonisation and the Holocaust. As such, the particular questions of justice that are explored in this book raise broader problems of solidarity, difference and violence at the heart of our democratic life. By attending to embodied communications around Palestine–​Israel within a specific historical and institutional context, this ethnography has developed a psychosocial account of tragic conflict. The insights generated can enhance existing theories of justice by opening up the workings of desire, interpersonal relations and experiences of self-​fragmentation within

in Tragic encounters and ordinary ethics
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Haldis Haukanes and Frances Pine

Part I Gendered life worlds: migrants’ imaginaries and obligations in contested contexts of intimacy In this section, we present ethnographic and phenomenological discussions of people's changing lives as they cross borders for work, as refugees, as caregivers or dependent kin, or for marriage. The chapters examine not only the gendered dimensions of geo-political borders, but also how, in new environments, people shift, transgress, and reshape moral boundaries of proper gender and kinship behaviour, and moral economies of intimacy and sexuality

in Intimacy and mobility in an era of hardening borders
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The ethics and politics of research with the ‘far right’
Hilary Pilkington

audiences. The argument has three components. First, there is no methodological obstacle to such research; the experience of access, formation and management of relations with respondents in this study demonstrates that it is possible to develop the quality of relations necessary to do meaningful ethnographic research with distasteful groups. Second, to generate such relations does not require unacceptable epistemological (claiming an ‘objective’ position) or ethical (feigning sympathy) compromise. Respondents accept that research can be undertaken in the interests of

in Loud and proud
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Human symbols, doubled identities
Paul Carter

about the origin of love – captures exactly the scope of Translations , which is not so much a migrant's personal history, or a narrative of ‘symbolic gestures’ but the ethnography of those who, self-divided, live a life of experimental recombination. 14 The ethnographic encounter in Translations is outward, engaged with the colonial archive and the political and ethical question of sovereignty, but also inward: a recognition that the migrant at least is constitutionally a symbol , a part standing in for the whole

in Translations, an autoethnography
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Towards a sonic ethnography of the Maggio festival in Accettura
Lorenzo Ferrarini and Nicola Scaldaferri

such event in Italy. Over many years, scholars, photographers and filmmakers have provided a number of perspectives on the festival. However, in this chapter, which is based on long-term team research led by Scaldaferri since 2002 (Scaldaferri and Feld 2019 ), we argue that the sonic aspect of the festival has often been overlooked – perhaps precisely because of its striking visual characteristics. A sonic ethnography, on the other hand, allows the detection of mechanisms at work during the festival that were previously unnoticed. Importantly, it also highlights

in Sonic ethnography
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Entanglements and ambiguities
Saurabh Dube

discipline was implicitly founded on broad disjunctions between Western societies grounded in history and reason, on the one hand, and non-Western cultures held in place by myth and ritual, on the other. 2 Such premises came to underlie particular protocols of salvage anthropology, also shoring up formative dispositions of the ethnographic enterprise. These procedures and orientations have been

in Subjects of modernity
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Richard Werbner

across disciplines and highly personal directions. The rediscovery of the complexity of their engagement, as well as their impact, illuminates an exploration of the frontiers between ethnography, the sociology of knowledge and the anthropology of colonial to postcolonial change and of cosmopolitanism. My early knowledge of the Manchester School came when I was a Brandeis University undergraduate about to study in the Manchester department, and in preparation I met Elizabeth Colson at 2 Anthropology after Gluckman Boston University in 1959. She found the time to give

in Anthropology after Gluckman