Interesting, John. I'm pro-Ingold. Is that bad? I think it's time for ethnographology--studying the ethnograph and looking for predictable patterns of culture that can help us anticipate the rise or onset of anything. After description is prescription. Let's move on and solve problems related to culture. I'll share more when the seminar begins.
I will participate. In summary this article has been very influential for me as it outlines a certain approach that reaches way beyond anthropology in asking what the point of academia is and what does it means to 'know'.
In terms of anthropology it has helped clarify the subject as an exercise in learning about the world, through a field-site and the ethnographic data collected during fieldwork. This enables one to reflect on questions that are relevant beyond the context of ones field-site but are grounded in it.
Will elaborate once this seminar begins. Thanks for starting it off John!
M., Abraham, glad to have you both on board. I will be very interested in seeing what you and Abraham see in the article and hearing more about how he influences your thinking.
M., no, it is not bad to be pro-Ingold. Neither is it bad to be anti-Ingold. What I am hoping, however, is that as we begin this seminar we can avoid the usual academic trap of taking predefined, judgmental positions and hammering away at each other like Punch and Judy. One of my projects for today is to write a piece on preparing for the seminar that elaborates what I mean by that in a more positive vein [I can already see my academic habits creeping in in my use of "avoid" followed by a negative characterization "predefined, judgmental positions" and "hammering away.]
Sign me up. You’re right that the concept-project of “ethnography” is fundamental to anthropology, and Ingold’s provocative article provides an excellent starting point for a thorough examination of it. Regrettably, HAU, while a first-class journal, touts its “open access” format but does not have an “open reply” feature to accompany that access – so communication, as with almost all academic writing, is a one-way street. Thank goodness we have OAC. This should be interesting.
I will participate.
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