n Critical Arts : A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies - They Lie, We Lie : Getting on with Anthropology, Peter Metcalf : review essay

Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-0046



Extracted from text ... 117 Review Essay They Lie, We Lie: Getting on with Anthropology Peter Metcalf London & New York: Routledge, 2002 Vanessa McLennan-Dodd? Introduction "This is an essay about lies: white lies and ones as black as night, evasions, exaggerations, delusions, half-truths and credible denials" (Metcalf, 2002, p. 1). Peter Metcalf's They Lie, We Lie highlights the power relations and the complexities that occur in the practice of ethnography, and specifically within the relationships that develop between researchers and their informants. It demonstrates that exploitation and deception are among the activities of the informant as well as the ethnographer, as both ..

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