The Anthropologist as Writer: Genres and Contexts in the by Helena Wulff

By Helena Wulff

Writing is important to anthropology, yet which genres are anthropologists anticipated to grasp within the twenty first century? This booklet explores how anthropological writing shapes the highbrow content material of the self-discipline and educational careers. First, chapters determine the various writing genres and contexts anthropologists really interact with. moment, this ebook argues for the usefulness and necessity of taking heavily the assumption of writing as a craft and of writing throughout and inside of genres in new methods. even if educational writing is an anthropologist's fundamental style, additionally they write in lots of others, from drafting administrative texts and submitting reviews to composing ethnographically encouraged journalism and fiction.

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I had a senior colleague in my first years at Cornell, a wonderful, modest, and gentle man. Each month, he read voraciously and carefully all the major anthropological journals and he loved to be invited to talk about something he had just read. If you did so, he proved to be an exceptionally and generous interlocutor, someone who loved to tell stories about his fieldwork and about his past conversations with other anthropologists. Indeed, in the days before AnthroSource and Google Books, he was a walking, talking, searchable database of anthropological citations and ideas.

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