Re: ethnographies

Maddog (Christopher.Morgan@JCU.EDU.AU)
Mon, 7 Nov 1994 12:24:17 +1000

I'm with Cliff - check out Peacock (1967), "The Rites of Modernization" -
an excellent ethnographic treatment of Indonesian proletarian drama. Just
off the top of my head ;-).


>On Sun, 6 Nov 1994, Tom Riley wrote:
>> Now, if you are going to do an ethnography of a play, don't you have to be
>> an actor who is in the play at the same time that you are trying to make
>> some sense of the play, bith understanding it -in the sense of verstehen-
>> and analyzing it? How can a spectator who is not participating do an
>> ethnography- by definition?
>Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this exactly what Milton Singer did in
>Madras? Of course, it wasn't a "play" in the literary sense, but he made
>a case for "cultural performance" that would serve as a reasonable model
>for me. I have read and written about other forms of such production
>I would recommend holding off on skepticism, at least for now.
>Cliff S