Tim Ingold: ‘Anthropology is not ethnography’
Professor Tim Ingold FBA gave the 2007 Radcliffe-Brown Lecture in Social Anthropology at the British Academy.
THE OBJECTIVE of anthropology, I believe is to seek a generous, comparative but nevertheless critical understanding of human being and knowing in the one world we all inhabit. The objective of ethnography is to describe the lives of people other than ourselves, with an accuracy and sensitivity honed by detailed observation and prolonged first-hand experience. My thesis is that anthropology and ethnography are endeavours of quite different kinds.
Update 19 May 2009
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Update 8 Jan 2009
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