Pre-textual Ethnographies: Challenging the phenomenological level of anthropological knowledge-making

Tomasz Rakowski, Helena Patzer (red.)

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Anthropologists often have fieldwork experiences that are not explicitly analysed in their writings, though they nevertheless contribute to and shape their ethnographic understandings, and can resonate throughout their work for many years. The task of this volume is precisely to uncover these layers of anthropological knowledge-making.

Contributors take on the challenge of reconstructing the ways in which they originally entered the worlds of research subjects - their anthropological Others - by focusing on pre-textual and deeply phenomenological processes of perceiving, noting, listening and sensing. Drawing on a wide range of research experiences - with the Dogon in Mali, immigrant football players in Spain, the Inuit of the Far North, Filipino transnational families, miners in Poland and students in Scotland - this book goes beyond an exploration of the development of increased ethnographic sensitivity towards words or actions. It also commences the foundational project of developing a new language for building anthropological works, one stemming from recurring acts of participation, and rooted primarily in the pre-textual worlds of the tacit, often non-visible, and intense experiences that exceed the limitations of conventional textual accounts.

These edifying essays lay the groundwork for an anthropology that not only overcomes old antinomies of body-mind, text-context, representation-reality, but encourages us to see how participatory method, social attentiveness, and new forms of ethnographic writing can enhance our understanding of the affective, intersubjective, and conceptual complexities of life as lived. 

Michael Jackson, Distinguished Professor of World Religions, Harvard University

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Spis treści

List of contributors
Introduction - Pre-textual ethnography and the challenge of phenomenological knowledge-making
Tomasz Rakowski and Helena Patzer

Part I – Setting the perspective
Chapter 1 - Feet on the ground:The role of the body in pre-textual ethnography
Anne Line Dalsgård
Chapter 2 - The phenomenological programme and anthropological research: A mutual mirroring
Gheorghiţă Geană
Chapter 3 - Beyond the textual bias, towards pre-textual experience: Therapeutic guidelines
Grzegorz Godlewski

Part II – Revealing field-knowledge
Chapter 4 - A pre-textual path: Revealing the field in a closed-down mining centre in south-west Poland
Tomasz Rakowski
Chapter 5 - A praxeology and phenomenology of Dogon landscape: Fieldwork practice, kinesthetic experience and embodied knowledge
Laurence Douny
Chapter 6 - Muscular consciousness: Knowledge-making in an Arctic environment
Kirsten Hastrup

Part III – Following the experience
Chapter 7 - Sport as common ground in fieldwork: On apprenticeship, habitus and habituation
Juliane Müller
Chapter 8 - Meeting the pre-textual: Intersubjective knowledge of long-distance care in the Philippines
Helena Patzer
Chapter 9 - The epoché, mindfulness and the body: Dynamics of a phenomenological experience in the field
Sonja Lenk
Chapter 10 - To journey near and far: The dis-illusion of perception, knowledge and the body
Andrew Irving
Epilogue - The organ of human perception and a supra-cultural knowledge of human being
Nigel Rapport

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