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Navigators of the ContemporaryWhy Ethnography Matters$
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David A. Westbrook

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226887517

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226887531.001.0001

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(p.151) Chapter Twenty Reprise
Navigators of the Contemporary
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This chapter reviews the preceding discussions and presents some concluding thoughts from the author. Part 4 of this book has situated refunctioned ethnography vis-à-vis the vagaries of politics, a critique of the university, and hence the social situation of the academic, who must find new ways to an intellectual. Refunctioned ethnography has much to say about how particular forms of politics are done in the context of globalization; about how the bureaucratic university may engage with the world; and indeed about how academics may engage with each other. Perhaps most surprising of all, the practice of ethnography has much to teach about how to be happy as an intellectual. Thus, it is in response to the current disorientation among intellectuals generally, not merely the unresolved quandaries within the academic discipline of cultural anthropology, that a refunctioned ethnography might begin anew, to start conversations with other people, who move through different spaces in our shared world, perhaps worth our attention.

Keywords:   refunctioned ethnography, ethnographers, cultural anthropology, academic discipline

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