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Item Description Rutherford, Danilyn en_US 2012-09-12T00:22:03Z 2012-09-12T00:22:03Z 2012-08 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Cultural Anthropology, Vol. 27, No. 3 (August 2012): 465-479 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0886-7356 en_US
dc.description Uncorrected proof. Supplemental material: en_US
dc.description.abstract In this article, which takes James Clifford and George Marcus’s Writing Culture as its starting point, I make the case for a kinky kind of empiricism that builds on the singular power of anthropological ways of knowing the world. Kinky empiricism takes established forms to an extreme and turns back to reflect on its own conditions of possibility. At the same time, it deploys methods that create obligations, obligations that compel those who seek knowledge to put themselves on the line by making truth claims that they know will intervene within the settings and among the people they describe. I begin to make this argument by way of a close rereading of moments in Writing Culture. I then turn to David Hume’s writings on empiricism, which, I suggest, offer the ingredients for an empiricism that is both skeptical and ethical because it includes among its objects of inquiry the apparatuses through which reality is known. I end by exploring dangers and possibilities associated with kinky empiricism by juxtaposing a moment from my research on state building in Dutch New Guinea with the approach taken in Philippe Bourgois and Jeffrey Schonberg’s groundbreaking study, Righteous Dopefiend. In rereading Writing Culture, I find the ingredients of a more affirmative stance toward anthropology than is usually associated with Writing Culture—one premised on the need for what Michel-Rolph Trouillot once called “an epistemology and semiology of all anthropologists have done and can do.” en_US
dc.format.extent 15 en_US
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dc.publisher American Anthropological Association en_US
dc.relation.uri DOI: 10.1111/j.1548-1360.2012.01154.x en_US
dc.relation.uri en_US
dc.subject Writing Culture en_US
dc.subject David Hume en_US
dc.subject empiricism en_US
dc.subject ethnographic theory en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Ethnology en_US
dc.title Kinky Empiricism en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US

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