Sometime Kin

Layers of Memory, Boundaries of Ethnography
Author(s): Sandra Wallman
Original Publish Date: Oct 03, 2019
Product Number: EB00824988
Released: Jun 25, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781789203400
Publisher: Berghahn Books
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In Sometime Kin, Sandra Wallman paints the portrait of an Alpine settlement – its history, economy and culture, and its unusual resistance to outsiders and modernization. Against this, her journal shows the villagers embracing her four small children and acting as participant observers in the two-way process of research. This project happened more than forty years ago and involved a uniquely large fieldwork family, but its insights have wider significance. The book argues that the intrusion of observation inevitably distorts the ordinary life observed, that the challenges of multi-vocality and “truth” are always with us, and that memory is the bedrock of every ethnographic enterprise.