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Children’s Instrumentality and Agency in Amazonia

Peluso, Daniela M. (2015) Children’s Instrumentality and Agency in Amazonia. Tipiti: Journal for the Society of Lowland South America, 13 (1). pp. 44-62. ISSN 1545-4703. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Several scholars (Behar 1996, Fabian 1996, Marcus 1999, Marcus and Fischer 1986, Myerhoff 1978, Rosaldo 1989) demonstrate how intimacy brings to the forefront questions of subjective bias, personal expectations and emotions, and unequal power relations inherent in the anthropological fieldwork encounter – precisely the central targets in many of the critiques of the qualitative research methods that we champion. Perhaps it is for this reason that some anthropologists shun reflexive ethnographic writing (Salzman, 2002, Robertson 2002), as it falls on what is already considered “murky” ground – a soil still nurturing ongoing debates over issues of authority and representation and the possibilities of demarcating subjective-objective experiences. In this article, I argue that, instead, it is precisely by incorporating reflexive approaches that the production of knowledge, which is rarely crafted in isolation, gains greater transparency allowing more consideration to be given to power relations and other epistemological frames of reference within which the researcher and anthropology are inevitably embedded. As such, analyzing forms of knowledge that intimate field relationships produce exposes both the underbelly of our methodology as well as the underpinnings of our theories and practices. By focusing on children’s instrumentality as a way to examine these issues, this article contributes to literatures on personhood, relatedness, secrecy, parenting, children and childhood studies.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Under Revision
Uncontrolled keywords: Amazonia, indigenous peoples, children, intimacy, agency, instrumentality, fieldwork
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: Daniela Peluso
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 22:23 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 13:42 UTC
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