By Margery Wolf
Each textual content takes a distinct standpoint, is written in a unique sort, and has assorted "outcomes," but all 3 contain a similar attention-grabbing set of occasions. a tender mom started to behave in a decidedly abherrant, might be suicidal demeanour, and opinion in her village was once sharply divided over the explanation. was once she changing into a shaman, posessed through a god? used to be she deranged, wanting actual restraint, medicinal drugs, and hospitalization? Or was once she being cynically manipulated by way of her ne'er-do-well husband to elicit sympathy and cash from her buddies? after all, the girl was once taken clear of the realm to her mother's condominium. For a few villagers, this settled the problem; for others the controversy over her habit was once most likely by no means really resolved.
The first textual content is a brief tale written almost immediately after the incident, which happened nearly thrity years in the past; the second one textual content is a duplicate of the fieldnotes accumulated concerning the occasions lined within the brief tale; the 3rd textual content is an editorial released in 1990 in American Ethnologist that analyzes the incident from the author's present viewpoint. Following every one textual content is a statement during which the writer discusses such themes as experimental ethnography, polyvocality, authorial presence and regulate, reflexivity, and a few of the diversities among fiction and ethnography.
The 3 texts are framed through chapters within which the writer discusses the genereal difficulties posed via feminist and postmodernist critics of ethnography and provides her own exploration of those matters in an issue that's strongly self-reflexive and theoretically rigorous. She considers a few feminist issues over colonial examine equipment and takes matters with the insistence of a few feminists tha the subjects of ethnographic learn be set by way of those who find themselves studied. The publication concludes with a plea for ethnographic accountability in response to a much less educational and simpler perspective.
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A Thrice-Told Tale: Feminism, Postmodernism, and Ethnographic Responsibility by Margery Wolf