Re: New American Anthropologist

Tom Riley (triley@VMD.CSO.UIUC.EDU)
Sun, 6 Nov 1994 12:53:27 +0000

By definition you cannot do an ethnography of plays. You may be engaged in
the anthropology of play orof plays, but ethnography is not the study of
theatre or of plays. It is a particular kind of naturalisitic study of one
of any number of peoples, usually isolated by a shared set of beliefs,
customs, etc., and other habitus that have been passed on by learning and
teaching, the description of which has been ignored by psychologists and

Is that what ethnography is? I'm just a poor archaeologist and would like
to find out.

Thomas J. Riley
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign