Ingold: ‘Anthropology is not ethnography’ (full text)
I have just discovered that Tim Ingold’s 2007 Radcliffe-Brown Lecture at the British Academy, entitled “Anthropology is not ethnography” is now freely available in full on the British Academy site (PDF). (
See also a much abridged version here and below). This is how the lecture starts:
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.