The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Anthropology is the first instalment of The SAGE Handbook of the Social Sciences series and encompasses major specialities as well as key interdisciplinary themes relevant to the field. Globally, societies are facing major upheaval and change, and the social sciences are fundamental to the analysis of these issues, as well as the development of strategies for addressing them. This handbook provides a rich overview of the discipline and has a future focus whilst using international theories and examples throughout. The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Anthropology is an essential resource for social scientists globally and contains a rich body of chapters on all major topics relevant to the field, whilst also presenting a possible road map for the future of the field. Part 1: Foundations; Part 2: Focal Areas; Part 3: Urgent Issues; and Part 4: Short Essays: Contemporary Critical Dynamics.

Fieldwork, Ethnography, and Knowledge Construction

Fieldwork, Ethnography, and Knowledge Construction

Fieldwork, ethnography, and knowledge construction
Thomas J. Stodulka

The notion of ethnographic insight is crucial: it is both a grounded style of investigation demanded in proliferating places and for multiple checks upon theoretical claims, models built by aggregating analysis, and hegemonic assertion; and also a kind of yoga, a recognition of the shape-shifting illusions of fixed categories, comparisons, opinions, and perceptions. (Fischer, 2018: 36)


In their excellent encyclopedic entry on Ethnography (2015), Antonius Robben and Jeffrey Sluka write, ‘Ethnography is as much the practice of investigation as the reporting of empirical findings … The history of ethnography reflects its dual meaning as research and representation’ (2015: 178). This chapter focuses on both aspects of ethnographic knowledge construction. ...

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