|[a] Xingu RF|
|[b] Story RF|
By 1985, a quarter century after Leach's book was published, I felt many of the same concerns. They hadn't been worked out "on the ground" much better then than they have now (another quarter century later). The discipline has paid a price for the rich, rigorous subjectivities it has embraced (with my full support). This note shows that I, too—even in 1985—could not abide the idea of the "objective lens" through which Westerners would view other peoples (I had read Edward Said's Orientalism, after all). The "price" of which I speak is more one of personal befuddlement. What am I doing here? I wondered. These lines give a small sense of the direction of my thinking then...and now.
—Franz Boas was a key figure in American anthropology.
—John McPhee is a consummate nonfiction writer.
—The Xingu River flows into the Amazon basin. It is just an example here.
This fieldnote is part of a longer "thought" that is broken into another note. Click below for the other note.
|[c] Tomatoes RF|