Author Al-Mohammad, Hayder
Article Title Less methodology more epistemology please : the body, metaphysics and ‘certainty’
Full text http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0308275X11399973
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Source Critique of anthropology. vol. 31, no. 2 (Jun. 2011), p.121-138
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Journal Title Critique of anthropology.
Copy vol. 31, no. 2 (Jun. 2011), p.121-138
ISSN 0308-275X
Brief substance One of the distinguishing features of anthropology is its reliance on the ethnographic method of sustained, long-term fieldwork in a given ‘field’ or set of ‘fields’. This reliance on practical engagement, along with the rise in the popularity of practice theory, and embodiment as a paradigm of not only the acquisition and performance of knowledge but also as a founded mode of being-in-the-world, has resulted in discursive and epistemic deadlocks or limitations being translated into practical or methodological deadlocks. In this article I want to highlight the theoretical oversights of reliance on practicality as a means of dealing with issues which in essence are epistemic and categorial but which are translated as methodological problems. After exemplifying these categorial misnomers I want to propose that what we as anthropologists encounter in many cases as insufficiencies in our understanding of certain topics cannot be overcome with more sophisticated and nuanced methods, rather we gain more by acknowledging such insufficiencies as constituting the type of knowledge we are trying to gain
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Full text http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0308275X11399973

 
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