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Hannah Callaway, Alec G. Hargreaves, and John P. Murphy

Alexia Yates, Selling Paris: Property and Commercial Culture in the Fin-de-siècle Capital (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015). Review by Hannah Callaway, Harvard University There was a time when visitors to Paris department stores

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Autobiography in Anthropology

A Thirty Year Retrospective

Patrick Laviolette and Aleksandar Bošković

The year 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Helen Callaway and Judith Okely’s edited anthology Anthropology and Autobiography. During that generational span, which roughly mirrors the life history of this journal, the book has had far-reaching influences, anchoring a legacy that few such conference collections can imagine for themselves. Indeed, the volume has become a classic reference work for scholars in all walks of the social sciences and humanities when it comes to considering a range of interrelated themes: the reflexive turn; personal encounters in the field; the literary influence of the biographical on ethnography; anthropology’s ancestries/histories (Lohmann 2008; Pina-Cabral and Bowman 2020); and so on. Another aspect of this endeavour is looking at ‘anthropology at home’ (Jackson 1987), with all the implications that this brings for research (Peirano 1998), including the notion of ‘auto-anthropology’ (Rapport 2014: 24–35).

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Autobiography, Anthropology

A Personal Historical Recollection

Judith Okely

In the 1980s, the theme for a future ASA conference had to be personally proposed by a potential organiser at the conference two years earlier. The proposer had to personally convince attending participants, who decided by a visible vote of hands. This recollection on the theme ’‘Anthropology and Autobiography’’ traces the successful 1987 vote for the 1989 conference proposed by myself with Helen Callaway. Before the vote, there were many negative comments claiming our proposal was mere ‘navel -gazing’ and a ‘feminist plot’. Inspired by the problematisation of the use of ‘I’ in Clifford and Marcus’ ‘Writing Culture’, we wanted further confrontation of the gender, age and personality of the participant observer. This article includes references to Malinowski’s controversial Diary and the proposers’ struggles with earlier publishers. Comments are made about the photographs in the ensuing volume. Bizarrely, it is now taken for granted that the specificity of the fieldworker is crucial when it comes to the choice of subject and rapport with key individuals in the field.

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Rihab Azar

would call it studying “inward.” I agree with Okely and Callaway (1992: 228) that this does not mean that “anthropology should be about the anthropologist's self: rather, it must be informed by it.” 5 One example is the story of Part III of the

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Enwinding Social Theory

Wind and Weather in Zulu Zionist Sensorial Experiences

Rune Flikke

. Please “so and so” take care of me.’” This corresponds well with the significance of birds in pre-colonial Zulu society. The pioneer missionary Henry Callaway ([1870] 1970: 130) commented on the roles of birds in myths he collected: “It is ‘the little

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Play of Mirrors

An Encounter of Personal Biographies with Europe’s Journey

Marcos Farias Ferreira

to reflect upon and give meaning to the historical relations and political conditions I not only observed in a mediated way but lived through in particular ways ( Ellis et al. 2010 ; Okely and Callaway 1992 ). Therefore, the exercise produces a play