Author Cunha, Olivia Maria Gomes da
Article Title Exactly As People Tell, or an Ethnography of the (In)Visible Things of Mayajigua
Full text http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02757206.2015.1055328
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Source History and anthropology. vol. 26, no. 5 (Dec. 2015), p.576-596
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Journal Title History and anthropology.
Copy vol. 26, no. 5 (Dec. 2015), p.576-596
ISSN 0275-7206
Brief substance This paper explores some of the consequences of using archival materials produced by an anthropologist's informants. What happens when a resident from a rural area of Cuba is hired to write about the “world”, a term used by Carl L. Withers, in which he, his relatives and his neighbours live? By reading letters and other papers sent during the late 1940s, and kept by Withers for more than thirty years, my hypothesis is that his informants took seriously their capacity to create something other than a simple “testimony”. Withers's principal informant, created himself, his neighbours, strange beings and the world in which they cohabited as a certain type of artefact, as “data”
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Full text http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02757206.2015.1055328

 
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