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Hacia una etnografía doblemente reflexiva: Una propuesta desde la antropología de la interculturalidad.

Author(s): Gunther Dietz

Journal: AIBR : Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana
ISSN 1695-9752

Volume: 6;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 3;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Reflexive ethnography | activist research | anthropology of interculturality.

Starting from the contemporary debate on ethnographic methodology in anthropology,this paper analyses how new methodological options arise throughout processes of educationalinterculturality and how these can nourish, rejuvenate and decolonize classicalanthropological ethnography. The contrast between a postmodern anthropology and activistethnography reveals possibilities for fruitfully complement social and political engagementwith the classical canon of ethnography, which is here illustrated for the sphereof Intercultural Studies and the emerging field of what may be called an anthropology ofinterculturality. The resulting, “doubly reflexive ethnography” completes the contrast ofemic and etic approaches through a emic-etic dialectical, structure-oriented perspective,which is particularly suitable for studying institutions and organizations whose actorsco-reflect on the same research process as the anthropologist her/himself. This proposalis finally summed up in a three-dimensional heuristic research model, which combinessemantic, pragmatic and syntactic dimensions of ethnography and which is particularlysuited for “inter-cultural”, “inter-lingual” and “inter-actor” diversity contexts.
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