edited by Gabriela Vargas-Cetina
contributions by Bernard C. Perley, Vilma Santiago-Irizarry, Timothy J. Smith, Sergey Sokolovskiy, David Stoll, Gabriela Vargas-Cetina, Thomas M. Wilson, Steffan Igor Ayora-Diaz, Beth A. Conklin, Les W. Field, Katie Glaskin, Frederic W. Gleach and Tracey Heatherington
introduction by Gabriela Vargas-Cetina
epilogue by June C. Nash
University of Alabama Press, 2013
eISBN: 978-0-8173-8624-5 | Paper: 978-0-8173-5717-7
Library of Congress Classification GN345.V37 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.8001

Examines the inherently problematic nature of representation and description of living people in ethnography and in anthropological work
In Anthropology and the Politics of Representation volume editor Gabriela Vargas-Cetina brings together a group of international scholars who, through their fieldwork experiences, reflect on the epistemological, political, and personal implications of their own work. To do so, they focus on such topics as ethnography, anthropologists’ engagement in identity politics, representational practices, the contexts of anthropological research and work, and the effects of personal choices regarding self-involvement in local causes that may extend beyond purely ethnographic goals.
Such reflections raise a number of ethnographic questions: What are ethnographic goals? Who sets the agenda for ethnographic writing? How does fieldwork change the anthropologist’s identity? Do ethnography and ethnographers have an impact on local lives and self-representation? How do anthropologists balance long-held respect for cultural diversity with advocacy for local people? How does an author choose what to say and write, and what not to disclose? Should anthropologists support causes that may require going against their informed knowledge of local lives?