By Margery Wolf
A Thrice-Told story is one ethnographer's imaginitive and robust reaction to the methodological matters raised through feminist and postmodernist critics of conventional ethnography. the writer, a feminist anthropologist, makes use of 3 texts built out of her study in Taiwan—a piece of fiction, anthropological fieldnotes, and a social technology article—to discover a few of those criticisms.Each textual content takes a unique viewpoint, is written in a distinct type, and has assorted "outcomes," but all 3 contain an identical attention-grabbing set of occasions. a tender mom started to behave in a decidedly abherrant, possibly suicidal demeanour, and opinion in her village used to be sharply divided over the explanation. used to be she turning into a shaman, posessed through a god? used to be she deranged, wanting actual restraint, medications, and hospitalization? Or used to be she being cynically manipulated through her ne'er-do-well husband to elicit sympathy and cash from her friends? finally, the lady used to be taken clear of the world to her mother's condominium. For a few villagers, this settled the problem; for others the talk over her habit used to be most likely by no means actually resolved.The first textual content is a brief tale written almost immediately after the incident, which happened nearly thrity years in the past; the second one textual content is a replica of the fieldnotes accrued concerning the occasions coated within the brief tale; the 3rd textual content is a piece of writing released in 1990 in American Ethnologist that analyzes the incident from the author's present standpoint. Following every one textual content is a observation during which the writer discusses such themes as experimental ethnography, polyvocality, authorial presence and regulate, reflexivity, and a few of the variations among fiction and ethnography.The 3 texts are framed by means of chapters during which the writer discusses the genereal difficulties posed by way of feminist and postmodernist critics of ethnography and provides her own exploration of those matters in an issue that's strongly self-reflexive and theoretically rigorous. She considers a few feminist issues over colonial examine tools and takes matters with the insistence of a few feminists tha the subjects of ethnographic learn be set by means of people who find themselves studied. The e-book concludes with a plea for ethnographic accountability in response to a much less educational and more effective viewpoint.
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Extra resources for A Thrice-Told Tale: Feminism, Postmodernism, and Ethnographic Responsibility
324 (F 39) to Wu Chieh: "128 (F 34) was telling me that that ti ki [silly] man 94 (M 31) got scared. Remember what she said to you when she grabbed you? Well, 128 told me that last night 94 was standing there smoking, and 48 came and grabbed him and told him to go home. Then she said: 'You are a very good person. You are a very good person. ' 94'S face was all red and he was sweating. Then she grabbed him and rubbed his chest and told him not to be scared.
48'S own children were also present and didn't seem to be frightened. They did rush to pick her up when she fell down a couple of times. 83 (F 64), 439 (F 57), 366 (F 43), 128 (F 34), 395 (M 51) seem to believe that 48 is a real tang-ki. Most of the other women are still doubtful. During the afternoon events reported above, only 84 (M 39) and 330 (M 59) among the people in the crowd we talked with doubted that a god was somehow involved. - Fieldnotes Fieldn 0 tes Today the general attitude of the village towards 48 seems to be that she is crazy and not a tang-ki.
The women moved back, and Ong Hue-lieng came out with an irritated look on his face. He turned to the women but took in everyone else within hearing and said, "Why don't you go about your business and leave this poor woman in The Hot Spell 47 peace. " With that he hurried out of the yard without looking right or left. A-mei's mother, who attempted to "see him off" as Taiwanese courtesy requires, hadn't gotten halfway across the courtyard before he was out of sight. Her social discomfort was obvious, but she also looked relieved-at the departure of Ong Huelieng or at the results of his meeting with them?
A Thrice-Told Tale: Feminism, Postmodernism, and Ethnographic Responsibility by Margery Wolf