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Reflections on Fieldwork in Morocco by Paul Rabinow

In this landmark study, now celebrating thirty years in print, Paul Rabinow takes as his focus the fieldwork that anthropologists do. How valid is the process? To what extent do the cultural data become artifacts of the interaction between anthropologist and informants? Having first published a more standard ethnographic study about Morocco, Rabinow here describes a series of encounters with his informants in that study, from a French innkeeper clinging to the vestiges of a colonial past, to the rural descendants of a seventeenth-century saint. In a new preface Rabinow considers the thirty-year life of this remarkable book and his own distinguished career.
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This, among many other details within the book led me to view anthropologists almost as glorified travelers. This notion became especially apparent when Rabinow recounts his sexual experience. However, the story does not fit with the interplays of other relationships Rabinow describes, especially in his experience with Ibrahim. I really felt the imagery in all of its aspects. I know that I may say this a great deal in class, but its because I'm not originally a Lang student. I am in Parsons studying Design and Management. Its a completely different field all together.

As a novice anthropologist of religion, picking my way slowly through the history of American anthropology—and conducting fieldwork at the same time—encountering Rabinow was nothing less than an emancipating experience. The book extended my critical aptitudes and altered the way I think about and do fieldwork. Reflections was, in its day, quite controversial. And Pierre Bourdieu, who contributed the afterword to the edition, expressed some ambivalence xv-xvi. Suffice it to say, the book is difficult to classify.


Two days after the assassination of Robert Kennedy, Paul Rabinow decided to sell everything he owned and move to Morocco to become an anthropologist. The year was and the world was abuzz with change, revolution, and exploration. - To login with Google, please enable popups.

The farmers, who tamed the land and had some familiarity with Moroccan culture, s ii. The functionaries who did not, s 3 most important things the Moroccans keep from the French: 1. Language, 2. Women, 3. Religion not money! Second Stop: the Hotel O'Liveraie , run by Richard, a sympathetic guide to entry, but he cannot stay there, still outside Moroccan culture 3.

A blog about rhetoric, technology, research, and where we're headed next. Post a Comment. My second book, Network , was published by Cambridge University Press in Reflections on Fieldwork in Morocco By Paul Rabinow In , a young graduate student set out from the University of Chicago under the direction of Clifford Geertz to do ethnographic fieldwork in Morocco. He saw fieldwork as an extremely important transformational event; certainly that's what his professors had indicated. Indeed, I was told that my papers did not really count because once I had done fieldwork they would be radically different. Knowing smiles greeted the acerbic remarks which graduate students made about the lack of theory in certain of the classics we studied; never mind, we were told, the authors were great fieldworkers.



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