TEXT: What binaries or metaphors are used within this artifact?


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Angela Okune's picture
August 31, 2018

AO: Binaries and metaphors are not used explicitly but in naming a reconstitution of anthropology towards “elites,” the analysts are also implying the opposite of elites (non-elites) who anthropologists have more commonly studied. The analysts assume a particular researcher (one for whom engagement with elites is part of “real life”) (83).

Angela Okune's picture
August 27, 2018
  • AO: In intro: Global North (former European colonial powers and their North American successors) and global South (formerly colonized world). The analysts note interestingly that increasingly inequality is in fact appearing between a global middle class and the vast majority rather than between countries (234).

  • AO: Research ethics: not about doing what is right vs coming to grips with what is wrong (232)

Angela Okune's picture
August 21, 2018
  • AO: Jazz is used as a metaphor to describe the relationship between the two co-authors. (“we have a beautiful thing between us”) (549). “The magic of jazz, the harmonious interplay described in McDonald’s novel arises from the total attentiveness and receptivity of each player to the other.” (550).

  • AO: Note that a good collaboration is inherently informed by sexuality since hours of working together are concentrated, physically, emotionally, mentally intimate, intense, fierce, focused, creative, exhausting.

  • AO: “lesbian” as a trope for feminist (creative) collaboration (partly in response to the rampant homophobia in academia) and because of their own experience with a sexual/emotional continuum  (551). “Though we are not “lovers” in a limited, genital sense, ours is a lesbian collaboration.”

  • AO: Strange bedfellows - tiger and alligator, improbably tangled (554)

Angela Okune's picture
August 21, 2018
  • AO: Tsing mentions several binaries: to describe their work: two models of collaboration “big science” model and intimate authorship arrangements (their collabo is somewhere in between). Collaboration between humans - non-humans, between making knowledge and social practice, and both within and beyond the academy (383).

  • AO: Tsing citing Mogu mogu collaboration notes that collaboration like jazz: “with insights flying back and forth in emergent, improvised rhythms.” (383)

  • AO: Faier uses the notion of “contingency” to think about how “local” and “global” knowledges are connected (389) (“Too often, social an- alysts follow globally oriented science and approach the globe as a patterned and predictable whole. We overlook differences and participate in creating a myth of a homo- geneous globe. Attending to contingency helps us see the possibilities of difference in interconnection”) (393)