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Tim Ingold’s British Academy lecture back online

January 8, 2009


Update 21 May 2009. See full text here (PDF)

Some of you may have noticed in a previous post the broken link leading to Tim Ingold’s 2007 Radcliffe-Brown Lecture in Social Anthropology at the British Academy, entitled ‘Anthropology is not ethnography’.

My apologies for that dead end. Extracts of the lecture can now be found here courtesy of Scribd (with many thanks to Daniel Lende of neuroanthropology for spotting the broken link!). The lecture starts as follows:

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.

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