Re: Pomo, RESULTS and science

Tue, 10 Oct 1995 17:09:06 -0500

Another indication that postmodernists are *not* likely to produce the kind of
results that would impress someone with empiricalist preferences is Clifford's
assertion (in "On Ethnographic Authority," _Representations_, 1983, 1:2:118-46)
that "...ethnography is a process of interpretation, not of explanation" and
that those writing about the 'authority' of ethnography--a topic commonly found
in the discourse of postmodernists--choose not to discuss "modes of authority
based on natural-scientific epistemologies" (1983:142).