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The Sixth Moment
The sixth moment

Who must ethnographers be in postmodernity, when science is understood as a primary agency of power/knowledge and when computer simulation and the televisual, more than the novel or even film, give shape to the social?

—Clough (1995, p. 534)

Ethnography's future is the sixth moment (Lincoln, 1995a, p. 40). It remains to return to the beginning and to take up again the task of offering an interpretive framework for understanding ethnography's multiple places in the televisual societies of the twenty-first century. An emancipatory, critical interpretive interactionism, a cultural studies without guarantees (Hall, 1992, p. 282) seeks a proper place for ethnography, the most worldly of all our interpretive practices. This requires a framework that critically reads ethnography back through itself. This framework ...

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