The ethnographic turn – and after

A critical approach towards the realignment of art and anthropology

in Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale
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Anna Grimshaw Emory University agrimsh@emory.edu

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Amanda Ravetz Manchester M15 6BG A.Ravetz@mmu.ac.uk

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The ethnographic turn has been the focus of recent debate between artists and anthropologists. Crucial to it has been an expansive notion of the ethnographic. No longer considered a specialised technique, the essays of Clifford and others have proposed a broader and more eclectic interpretation of ethnography – an approach long considered to be the exclusive preserve of academic anthropology. In this essay, we look more critically at what the ethnographic turn has meant for artists and anthropologists. To what extent does it describe a convergence of perspectives? Or does it elide significant differences in practice?

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