By Johannes Fabian
The first a part of the publication addresses questions of present severe hindrance: Does it nonetheless make feel to look for objectivity in ethnography? What can we achieve after we invoke “context” in our interpretations? How does literacy switch the paintings of the ethnographer, and what are the bounds among ethnology and background? This half ends with a plea for convalescing negativity in our wondering culture.
The moment half extends the paintings of critique into the prior by way of reading the start of contemporary ethnography within the exploration of crucial Africa throughout the overdue 19th century: the justification of a systematic angle, the gathering of ethnographic items, the presentation of information in narration, and the position of recognition—given or denied—in encounters with Africans. a last essay examines how the Congolese have again the “imperial gaze” of Belgium by way of the paintings of serious reminiscence in well known background. the 10 chapters are framed by way of meditations at the relevance of conception and the irrelevance of the millennium.
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