ethnography question

Elizabeth Vance (epoland@OSF1.GMU.EDU)
Thu, 2 Mar 1995 22:51:12 -0500

Since I've seen a few people ask where the Anthropology discussions are,
I thought I'd ask a question that we discussed in class tonight. I'd be
interested in seeing some other opinions on the subject.

We're discussing TRANSLATED WOMAN: ESPERANZA'S STORY by Ruth Behar, and
one of the issues of debate was the significance of the biography of the
ethnographer. More specifically, how important, or is it important at
all, to know about the ethnographer when reading his or her work? This
doesn't just apply to Behar, but to any ethnography that you read. Do
you think that it is significant? To what degree?

- Elizabeth