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The Power of the BetweenAn Anthropological Odyssey$
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Paul Stoller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226775340

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226775364.001.0001

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Stories

Stories

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(p.171) 24 Stories
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The Power of the Between
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226775364.003.0025

In ethnographies, memoirs, novels, and films, anthropologists tell other people's stories. In so doing, they tell their own stories as well. Many scholars may object to this assertion. This chapter asks: How can they reduce all of their efforts, participant observations, structured and unstructured interviews, excursions into the dusty byways of archives, to the telling of stories? How can they suggest that their reasoned discourse so boldly and confidently expressed in essays and scholarly monographs are no more than stories? Can there be reconciliation between stories and science?

Keywords:   archives, stories, science

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