Technology of Self
-Writing is a form of reflecting on oneself
Picking out parts which are important to selectively remember
"How do we get knowledge?"
• Necessarily condensing it
• Jottings, field notes, transcripts, drawings & maps, charts & diagrams, survey
responses, material artifacts, pictures, audio-recording, film& video
recording, computer screen shots, etc
What makes ethnographic inscriptions special?
-Open to the fact that they don't know what the story is yet, don't know the end
-Need to be open to the possibility that there are other aspects to the situation
-Other perspectives from different people experiencing the event
-Do not simplify peoples lives into black and white
-Want to find purpose in findings
-Not confined to laboratory settings
-Not tourist, anthropologists attempt to integrate
-Creating full human relationships
"Deep Hanging Out" & "Thick Description"
Came up with two great practices:
Long Term Field work
Knowledge forced upon anthropologists, information isn't created
"the inponderabilia of actual life"
"penetrating mental attitude" vs. "recording of superficial details"
"natives" is an antiquated term
• Long-term engagement in the rhythms of a community's everyday life, routines & events
• Observing what goes on in those engagements (including one's own actions &
Participant Observers Paradox
-the more intensely you partic