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In and out of place: ethnography as ‘journeying with’ between central and South Australia

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posted on 2024-06-04, 06:28 authored by M Hinkson
This paper explores the case of an Aboriginal woman from Central Australia who has in recent years experienced a radical shift in her life circumstances. It pursues a writerly approach that makes the variety of forces and relationships legible that she now navigates, including that of the anthropologist-friend. ‘Journeying with’ is proposed as an ethnographic method as well as an ethical stance well attuned to the turbulent circumstances of the present—in the Warlpiri life sketched here, and globally. Destabilization and displacement are increasingly common features of contemporary experience, and this paper proposes that ethnography anchored at the level of the individual person is well placed to engage unsettling transformations in the world at large, in social relationships, and modes of personhood, as well as in anthropological production.

History

Journal

Oceania

Volume

88

Pagination

254-268

Location

Chichester, Eng.

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

0029-8077

eISSN

1834-4461

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, Oceania Publications

Issue

3

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons