DIALOGUES WITH ETHNOGRAPHY: NOTES ON CLASSICS, AND HOW I READ THEM BY BLOMMAERT, J. BRISTOL: MULTILINGUAL MATTERS, 2018, 184 PAGES.

Andrew Jocuns

Abstract

Jan Blommaert’s Dialogues with Ethnography is a collection of previously published essays including one obituary and two book reviews, all of which concern the topic of ethnography and what Blommaert dubs “the classics”. This distinction is important to consider in anthropology where the “classics” are often texts such as the Nuer (Evans-Pritchard, 2010), Argonauts of the Western Pacific(Malinowski, 2008), and even some works by the Greeks. Here Blommaert diverts from such trends and offers us insights into a series of texts that should be considered classics to sociolinguists, linguistic anthropologists, linguistic ethnographers, discourse analysts and others.

Cite as: Jocuns. A. (2018). Dialogues with ethnography: Notes on classics, and how I read them (Book review). Journal of Nusantara Studies, 3(2), 176-181. http://dx.doi.org/10.24200/jonus.vol3iss2pp176-181

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References

Evans-Pritchard, E. E. (2010). The Nuer: a description of the modes of livelihood and political institutions of a Nilotic people. Memphis, Tenn.: General Books.

Malinowski, B. (2008). Argonauts of the western Pacific: an account of native enterprise and adventure in the archipelagoes of Malenesian New Guinea. LaVergne, Tenn.: Malinowski Press.

Vermeulen, H. F. (2015). Before Boas: the genesis of ethnography and ethnology in the German Enlightenment.

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