|[a] Alone RF|
Here is a workable dictionary definition from Miriam-Webster (online) that we will surely begin to refine as we proceed:
|[b] Isolated RF|
Tell that to a half-century of writers who hardly acknowledged their own presence or—this is much more common—did so in a way that gave them enormous "narrative control" (many of these ethnographies remain at the very center of the discipline, and are called "classics"). One author's works have been described as a "slide-show," implying that the main thrust of his books is geared toward what is on the screen, and not the person working the controls. This Wizard of Oz-like image is a telling characterization, and it would seem obvious that ethnographers need to write about how they felt and how they reacted in fieldwork encounters. Right?
It is obvious...except for one thing.
The temptation to make it all about me is so great that all but just a few masters of the genre have succeeded without degenerating into id embracing ethnobabble. Suffice it to say that the writers I will be quoting in the vast majority of Ostracism posts have done this well—blending their stories with precise linguistic data and analysis of the social and cultural dimensions of the experience.
|[c] Ritual center RF|
Here’s the old joke (with my expanded telling of it):
Finally, s/he can’t take it any more. S/he knows that s/he is a part of the very social fabric here. She has read her Foucault and Derrida.
ENOUGH ABOUT YOU!, s/he shouts. LET’S TALK ABOUT ME!
|[d] Apart RF|