Out of the Study and into the Field: Ethnographic Theory and by Robert Parkin, Anne de Sales

By Robert Parkin, Anne de Sales

Open air France, French anthropology is conventionally obvious as being ruled through grand concept produced via writers who've performed very little fieldwork themselves, and who won't even count number as anthropologists when it comes to the institutional buildings of French academia. this is applicable to figures from Durkheim to Derrida, Mauss to Foucault, although there are partial exceptions, resembling Levi-Strauss and Bourdieu. It has resulted in a distinction being made, in particular might be within the Anglo-Saxon global, among French conception counting on rational inference, and British empiricism in response to induction and usually skeptical of concept. whereas there are contrasts among the 2 traditions, this is often basically a fake view. it's this point of French anthropology that this assortment addresses, within the trust that the forget of a lot of those figures open air France is heavily distorting our view of the French culture of anthropology total. even as, the gathering will supply a favorable view of the French culture of ethnography, stressing its mixture of technical competence and the sympathies of its practitioners for its quite a few ethnographic matters.

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For the time being, ‘keeping one’s eyes open’ designated the first step, which he described in a Chronique of 16 October 1909, when he had just passed the summer doing fieldwork, having installed himself in the little town of Bonneville: And, with the thought of being useful to others who were busying themselves with regional ethnography, I will indicate here the method required: I situate myself with regard to the Savoyards as if they were savages and their land were located in the heart of Africa.

This activity prefigured the creation of the Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires and from 1938 was continued by the teaching of the history of popular arts and traditions at the Ecole du Louvre. Building on the evidence already provided by Nicole Belmont (1974) and Isaac Chiva (1987), Daniel Fabre argues (1992) that van Gennep’s removal should lead one to reject the convergence, accepted up to that point, between the Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires and van Gennep’s Manuel de folklore français contemporain, which instead he proposes to read as an ‘inverted monument’ with a highly polemical relationship with the principles that governed the ethnography and museography of the Musée.

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