Further Reflections

Essay Excerpt

The volume does not discover any unknown territories or invent any new traditions. Nor does it as a whole add to the pile of critiques, histories, genealogies, manifestos, wake-up calls, polemics, and "theory" regarding anthropology and ethnographic writing that has accumulated in and around the discipline in recent years. The major theoretical terms within and about which our contributors write (local/global, transnationalism, hybrids, margins, diasporas) were created elsewhere, and we do not suppose the discipline will be rejuvenated, much less redeemed, by anything that appears on these pages.

Instead, the contributors to this volume are reworking the given discourses in anthropology and cultural studies in ways that open them up to more complexity - to more points of view, double-voicing, nuance, ambiguity, displacement, slippage, indeterminacy, conflict, disorder, paradox, partiality - and to more contingency and disjunction in the analysis of cultural production and articulation. It is, in short, an ongoing process of multiplying inflections, and we stage it here in order to open it up to more critical readings. The novelty of the volume, then, arises not only from the individual papers but also from the juxtaposition of their particular discursive projects and from the intertextualities it enables. Our point is to call attention to and critically consider a process of revision embedded in ethnographic writing that is already quite far along (276-277).

Harding, Susan. "Further Reflections." Cultural Anthropology 9.3(1994): 276–278.

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