Writing culture : the poetics and politics of ethnography : a School of American Research advanced seminar

  title={Writing culture : the poetics and politics of ethnography : a School of American Research advanced seminar},
  author={James Clifford and George E. Marcus},
In these new essays, a group of experienced ethnographers, a literary critic, and a historian of anthropology, all known for advanced analytic work on ethnographic writing, place ethnography at the center of a new intersection of social history, interpretive anthropology, travel writing, discourse theory, and textual criticism. The authors analyze classic examples of cultural description, from Goethe and Catlin to Malinowski, Evans-Pritchard, and Le Roy Ladurie, showing the persistence of… 
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