'Desde el punto de vista de los nativos': sobre la naturaleza del conocimiento antropologico
in: Alteridades. Revista de Antropologia, vol. 1 no. 1 (1991), pp. 102-110


(by Clifford Geertz)




A reflection on methodology in anthropological research prompted by the controversy surrounding Bronislow Malinowski's diaries focusing on the issue of the definition of self in different cultures. It is argued that accounts of the subjectivities of other peoples can be constructed on the basis of only normal capacities to both put one's own conceptions aside & relate to others, since anthropological knowledge derives strictly from the ability to interpret the modes of expression (ie, the systems of symbols) of other cultures. The argument is illustrated through ethnographic evidence from work in Java, Bali, & Morocco. 
R. Jaramillo




source: Sociological Abstracts Inc. (paper version)


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