312 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth 2013 | ISBN 9780812245455 | $59.95s | Outside the Americas £46.00
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A volume in the Haney Foundation Series
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"Roger Sanjek is a distinguished sociocultural anthropologist whose vision of anthropology has shaped the field in significant ways. Ethnography in Today's World is part history of ideas, part memoir, part cultural criticism, and all affirmation of ethnography's particular value for anyone trying to navigate the turbulent cross-currents of social knowledge-making in the United States today."—Carol Greenhouse, Princeton UniversityIn Ethnography in Today's World, Roger Sanjek examines the genre and practice of ethnography from a historical perspective, from its nineteenth-century beginnings and early twentieth-century consolidation, through political reorientations during the 1960s and the impact of feminism and postmodernism in later decades, to its current outlook in an increasingly urban world. Drawing on a career of ethnographic research across Brazil, Ghana, New York City, and with the Gray Panthers, Sanjek probes politics and rituals in multiethnic New York, the dynamics of activist meetings, human migration through the ages, and shifting conceptions of race in the United States. He interrogates well-known works from Boas, Whyte, Fabian, Geertz, Marcus, and Clifford, as well as less celebrated researchers, addressing methodological concerns from ethnographers' reliance on assistants in the formative days of the discipline to contemporary comparative issues and fieldwork and writing strategies.
"Ethnography in Today's World shows its author's admirable combination of personal commitments, curiosity about real human lives, intellectual integrity, and long-term scholarly overview. For anyone interested in anthropology as a complicatedly evolving, living research tradition, with its own tendencies always in interaction with a changing world, this is an important book to read."—Ulf Hannerz, Stockholm University
Ethnography in Today's World contributes to our understanding of culture and society in an age of globalization. These provocative examinations of the value of ethnographic research challenge conventional views as to how ethnographic fieldwork is and can be conceived, conducted, contextualized, and communicated to academic audiences and the twenty-first-century public.
Roger Sanjek is a J. I. Staley Prize winner, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, and the author and editor of many books, including Gray Panthers, which is also available from University of Pennsylvania Press, as well as Fieldnotes: The Makings of Anthropology, Race (edited with Steven Gregory), and The Future of Us All: Race and Neighborhood Politics in New York City.