Dialogic Ethnographies

The Dialogic Ethnographies Working Group applies Bakhtinian and post-Bakhtinian literary theories to ethnographic methodology, writing, ethics, and archival practice. We take as our grounding assumption that interlocutors in the field — formerly known as informants — as partners in creating ethnographic knowledge. However, answers to questions about how to write ethnographies that make that dialogism visible, and how to ethically circulate that writing, are still outstanding. Anthropologists have employed methods of “dialogic editing,” taking their manuscripts back to the interlocutors who shaped them and inviting feedback. Such endeavers raise a host of methodological, theoretical and ethical questions that defamiliarize what “research” is in the first place. 

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