In Praise of Hunches

Commoning Ethnography

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Title In Praise of Hunches
Creator Bönisch-Brednich, Brigitte
Description Reflecting on my experience in researching academic migrants, in this paper I explore the conflicts that arose between the themes emerging from ethnographic observation and the results of coded interviews. In response, I consider the ways in which we may further the commoning of anthropology by foregrounding the insights obtained through messy intuition and ‘hunches’ over the seeming certainties of codified recordings. Such a shift will involve narrators rather than informants, stories rather than statements, listening rather than interviewing, and hovering rather than counting. It will also involve new methods of doing ethnography and new styles of writing ethnography as well as new vehicles for the dissemination of ethnography. My plea is for a commoning of ethnography that will allow it to recover its historical role among the humanities and shed the myth of the solitary and heroic researcher.
Publisher Victoria University of Wellington
Date 2017-12-18
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Format application/pdf
Source Commoning Ethnography; Vol 1 No 1 (2018): Commoning Ethnography; 152-158
Language eng

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