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Disciplinary Anthropology? Amateur Ethnography and the Production of 'Heritage' in Rural France

Hodges, Matt (2011) Disciplinary Anthropology? Amateur Ethnography and the Production of 'Heritage' in Rural France. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, 76 (3). pp. 348-374. ISSN 0014-1844. (doi:10.1080/00141844.2011.577228) (KAR id:28223)

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‘Amateur’ anthropology and ethnography are utopian categories proposed by anthropologists seeking to critique a perceived culture of ‘professionalism’ within the discipline (Grimshaw & Hart, 1993). Yet they have arguably been practised extensively by local intellectuals oblivious to such debates. In rural Europe, this has often involved ‘pastoral’ conservation of ‘local history’, ‘traditions’ and ‘folk customs’, in the context of identity politics. Recent manifestations, however, have enabled the disciplining of cultural practices of indigenous populations by local entrepreneurs for use in heritage tourism. Building on Foucault's concept of a ‘disciplinary programme’, this paper analyses projects from a French Mediterranean village that have ‘borrowed’ discursive forms from French ethnology and historiography to convert local heritages into disciplined archives and booklets, predominantly for use in tourism. It then analyses their approximation to the discipline of anthropology; assesses their problematic distinction from anthropology's own disciplinary programmes; and explores the implications.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/00141844.2011.577228
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Matthew Hodges
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2011 14:53 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:06 UTC
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