Deftly illustrating how life circumstances can influence ethnographic fieldwork, Mwenda Ntarangwi focuses on his experiences as a Kenyan anthropology student and professional anthropologist practicing in the United States and Africa. Mwenda Ntarangwi studies the Western culture of anthropology from an outsider's viewpoint while considering larger debates about race, class, power, and the representation of the "other." Tracing his own immersion into American anthropology, Ntarangwi identifies textbooks, ethnographies, coursework, professional meetings, and feedback from colleagues and mentors that were key to his development. Reversed Gaze enters into a growing anthropological conversation on representation and self-reflexivity that ethnographers have come to regard as standard anthropological practice, opening up new dialogues in the field by allowing anthropologists to see the role played by subjective positions in shaping knowledge production and consumption.
Author: Ntarangwi, Mwenda
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Title: Reversed Gaze: An African Ethnography of American Anthropology
Pages: 00200 (Encrypted EPUB) / 00200 (Encrypted PDF)
On Sale: 2010-12-01
Category: Social Science : Anthropology – Cultural
Category: Social Science : Anthropology – General