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Reversed Gaze: An African Ethnography of American Anthropology
Deftly illustrating how life circumstances can influence ethnographic fieldwork, Mwenda Ntarangwi focuses on his experiences as a Kenyan anthropology student and professional anthropologist practicing in the United States and Africa. Whereas Western anthropologists often study non-Western cultures, Mwenda Ntarangwi reverses these common roles and studies the Western cultur ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by University of Illinois Press
(first published January 1st 2010)
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Ntarangwi compassionately critiques Western anthropological culture and practices from a place of genuine love of the field. This book is incredibly (and consciously) readable for an academic text and in my opinion should be read by all cultural anthropology students. Ntarangwi exposes the problems with contemporary Western anthropology - racial, semantic, academic, and so forth - without ever losing sight of the fact that he loves the discipline. My main critique is that he does engage in the ...more
Great idea but was disappointed in the execution. I felt like he asked all sorts of interesting questions and then never followed up or offered his own analysis on the issue. Did enjoy his critiques/observations of the odd world that is academic conferences.