What do anthropologists make? One conventional response to this question would be text. Equally, however, anthropologists also construct narratives and images (Herzfeld 2007: 107). Another response, more in vogue, is that anthropologists produce anthropological knowledge. Much attention has been given to the production of such knowledge, specifically during fieldwork. Coleman and Collins, for instance, suggest (2006: 12) ‘performing the field’ as a concept that liberates fieldwork from bounded spatial assumptions. Marcus (2009: 525) proposes to replace ‘rapport’ with ‘theatres of complicit reflexivity’ as a more equitable trope for fieldwork. Nevertheless, the form that anthropological knowledge takes for the purposes of evaluation remains firmly rooted in text: dissertations, books, and articles. Even conference presentations are mostly ‘read’, rather than performed.
|Title of host publication||Anthropology, Theatre, and Development|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Transformative Potential of Performance|
|Editors||A. Flynn, J. Tinius|
|Number of pages||23|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Name||Anthropology: Change and Development|
- anthropological craft
Gatt, C. (2015). The anthropologist as member of the ensemble: Anthropological experiments with theatre makers. In A. Flynn, & J. Tinius (Eds.), Anthropology, Theatre, and Development: The Transformative Potential of Performance (pp. 334-356). (Anthropology: Change and Development). Palgrave Macmillan.