Tyler, S.A. 1986. Post-Modern Ethnography

Tyler, Stephen A. 1986. “Post-Modern Ethnography: From Document of the Occult to Occult Document.” In Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography, edited by James Clifford and George E. Marcus. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. Pp. 122-140.

Demands of science created imperfect representations, limited by language. This, in turn, changed language, but also science. Post-modern ethnography returns to the root of ethnography – ethos (ethics), and demands emotionality, values of the scientist and relates them to the reader. The form of the research should be in response to the needs and values of the subjects – what they view as important – requires researcher to be flexible in field as ideas emerge. These ideas that emerge are not just objects of theory or theoretical objects, but both and neither of these things.

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