Sometime Kin: Layers of Memory, Boundaries of Ethnography

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In Sometime Kin, Sandra Wallman paints the portrait of an Alpine settlement – its history, economy and culture, and its unusual resistance to outsiders and modernization. Against this, her journal shows the villagers embracing her four small children and acting as participant observers in the two-way process of research. This project happened more than forty years ago and involved a uniquely large fieldwork family, but its insights have wider significance. The book argues that the intrusion of observation inevitably distorts the ordinary life observed, that the challenges of multi-vocality and “truth” are always with us, and that memory is the bedrock of every ethnographic enterprise.
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Sandra Wallman is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at University College London. Her many publications include Contemporary Futures: Perspectives from Social Anthropology (Routledge, 1992), The Capability of Places (Pluto Press, 2011), and the short story collection Listening for Water (Troubador, 2016).

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Berghahn Books
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Published on
Oct 3, 2019
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Pages
186
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ISBN
9781789203400
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English
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Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Social Science / Sociology / Rural
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