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From the Chronicles of the Indies to Malinowski Or, On the (Underrated) Influence of Texts in Fieldwork

Author(s): del Pino Díaz, Fermín

Journal: Revista de Dialectología y Tradiciones Populares
ISSN 0034-7981

Volume: 63;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 17;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Chronicles of the Indies | Malinowski | Reading | Writing | Authorship | Colonial Conext | Crónicas de Indias | Malinowski | Lectura | Escritura | Autoría | Contexto colonial

The author defines the identity of anthropology as a scholarly discipline on the basis of the collective reading as well as writing of ethnographic texts, in a dialogue with fieldwork and with the personal gathering of information. He stresses the dialectic axis running between one’s own and others’ texts in awakening the anthropologist’s consciousness, connected with the local as well as global historical contexts that permeate the anthropological practice. The reader will find a number of references to past junctures of the discipline, emphasis being laid on the Spanish and American literatures.El autor define la identidad disciplinar antropológica desde la lectura y escritura colectiva de textos etnográficos, en diálogo con el trabajo de campo y la recolección personal de información. Enfatiza el eje dialéctico entre textos propios y ajenos, para desencadenar la conciencia de autor, y lo relaciona con el contexto histórico global y local, en que se desenvuelve la práctica antropológica. Hay referencias múltiples a escenarios históricos de la disciplina, con énfasis particular en la literatura hispánica y americana.

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