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An Outline of a theory of reflexitive ethnography



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R E V IS IT S 6 4 5 R e v is it s A nO u t l in eo faT h e o r y o fR e f l e x iv eE t h n o g r a p h y M ic h a e lB u r a w o y University of California Berkeley This paper explores the ethnographic technique of the focused revisit rare in sociology but common in anthropology when an ethnographer returns to the site of a previous study Discrepancies between earlier and later accounts can be attributed to differences in 1 the relation of observer to participant 2 theory brought to the field by the ethnographer 3 internal processes within the field site itself or 4 forces external to the field site Focused revisits tend to settle on one or another of these four explanations giving rise to four types of focused revisits Using examples the limits of each type of focused revisit are explored with a view to developing a reflexive ethnography that combines all four approaches The principles of the focused revisit are then extended to rolling punctuated heuristic archeological and valedictory revisits In centering attention on ethnography as revisit sociologists directly confront the dilemmas of participating in the world they study a world that undergoes real historical change that can only be grasped using a constructed theoretical lens a c k in gb a c k w a r dand forward through 40 years of field work Clifford Geertz 1995 describes how changes in the two towns he studied Pare in Indonesia and Sefrou in Morocco cannot be separated from their nation states the one beleaguered by a succession of political contestations and the other the product of dissolving structures These two states in turn cannot be separated from competing and transmogrifying world hegemonies that entangle anthropologists as well as their subjects Just as Geertz s field sites have been reconfigured so has the disDirect all correspondence to Michael Burawoy Department of Sociology University of California Berkeley CA 94720 burawoy socrates berkeley edu This paper was launched in a dissertation



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