From "Reading over the Shoulders of Natives" to "Reading Alongside Natives," Literally: Toward a Collaborative and Reciprocal Ethnography

  title={From "Reading over the Shoulders of Natives" to "Reading Alongside Natives," Literally: Toward a Collaborative and Reciprocal Ethnography},
  author={Luke Eric Lassiter},
  journal={Journal of Anthropological Research},
  pages={137 - 149}
  • L. E. Lassiter
  • Published 1 July 2001
  • Sociology, Linguistics
  • Journal of Anthropological Research
In the last several decades, the metaphor of dialogue has influenced the work of a growing number of ethnographers. Many have taken to heart the critiques of those such as Clifford, Rosaldo, or Crapanzano and accordingly replaced "reading over the shoulders of natives" with "reading alongside natives." They have thus sought to develop ethnography along dialogical lines and have in their individual accounts shifted the dominant style of writing from authoritative monologue to involved dialogue… 
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