oa Alternation - Writing Around the Bushmen: The !Kung, Anthropology and Feminism

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Ethnographers, historians, sociologists, development officers and even novelists always ultimately depart from their scene of research. They take away texts for later transcription, translation, interpretation and reconstruction. The text (and this includes tape recordings, field notes, films etc.), unlike many of the people who are being studied, can travel. The ethical concerns raised about cultural representation are central to the anthropological debate regarding descriptionption and/or representation in that the researcher ultimately has control over the keyboard.

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