Archive About the Journal Anthropology is the study of humankind and the behavior of humans according to the diversity of societies from the origin to the present day. Anthropology explains both biological and Sociocultural aspects of humans and related species like primates throughout the evolutionary period.
In assembling these texts, we have been surprised by the affiliations that form across the fiction, ethnography, and criticism. Although the structure of our website requires us to separate the fiction from the anthropology, there is no way to easily demarcate where fiction ends and anthropology begins.
Conventionally, we have relied on truth as the fundamental distinguishing factor between fiction and other genres. Fiction was thought to be invented, while the social sciences, journalism, and memoir presented accounts of ostensibly real people, places, and events.
Looking at the intersection of literature, writing, and anthropology today, clearly this simple binary is eroding. Though anthropologists have an ethical obligation to present an accurate account of the communities in which they work, truth can be slippery.
Are anthropologists simply forcing other people and their own lived experiences into preexisting trope-molds, rendering them if not quite untrue rather useless? Does the truth even matter if it is useless to the communities that are studied and represented? All of the work here, fictional and otherwise, is concerned with clarifying, exploding, magnifying, or subverting different kinds of truths.
Anthropology has turned to literary conventions in order to further clarify the position of the author and to encourage multivocal authorship, surface vulnerability, reveal silences in standard discourses, and expose the seams in both anthropological and ethnographic practice. Likewise, fiction writers increasingly borrow from nonfiction writing genres, including the sciences and the social sciences, which results in a destabilization and reworking of the truths conveyed in those genres.
As this collection makes clear, fiction and truth begin to bleed into one another as authors explore ways to expand truth and to tell better stories. A brief historical account of the relationship between literature and anthropology can demonstrate the ways in which these questions started to gain traction.
By amplifying the crisis of cultural representation that was brought to the fore by postcolonial literary theory and the politics of racial and sexual difference, these anthropologists sought to redefine both the poetics and the politics of ethnography. Nevertheless, memory of previous discursive forms remains, resulting in intercultural exchanges that are structured like parody.
Anthropology that Breaks Your Heart. Lochlann Jain draw our attention to the importance of different epistemic and ontic approaches that find their creative center in locations like critical ecology and queer theory. Finally, Elizabeth Enslin, who is a writer of creative nonfiction and poetry, embodies the way that anthropological knowledge can be put to work outside the academy.
Featured Stories and Interviews: Fiction This Curated Collection also features short stories and interviews by five fiction authors. These stories demonstrate the similarities between the worlds of literary anthropology and fiction: Our selections also highlight the ways that the unique tools of fiction such as absurdity, exaggeration, patterned structure, the manipulation of time, and the examination of impossible possibilities can help us see ourselves more clearly.
Some of the stories collected here include canny plays on anthropological concepts: Stoller is a recognized pioneer in the field of literary ethnography, and the lecture offers a window into his ethical commitment to write ethnography that matters, as well as the structural obstacles that can limit the creation of such work.
We are grateful to all of our contributors for sharing their work as part of this collection. We also want to thank Craig Campbell, convener of the Sensorium Seminar Series, for his help in arranging the inclusion of the Paul Stoller lecture.
University of California Press. Clifford, James, and George E. The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography. Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture.The uniqueness of your anthropology essay hugely depends on providing a bibliography and citing of the academic resources that you use.
It doesn't just concern direct quotes. Every piece of information you use in your research has to be cited appropriately and in accordance with the format. This brief guide offers you a few ways to improve your academic writing skills, especially if this is the first time writing an anthropology paper.
Some ideas in this guide were adapted from a useful book you may wish to consult: Lee Cuba, A Short Guide to Writing About Social Science (, 2nd edition, Harper Collins College Publishers, N.Y.).
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