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Making Ignorance an Ethnographic Object

Mair, Jonathan and Kelly, Ann and High, Casey (2012) Making Ignorance an Ethnographic Object. In: The Anthropology of Ignorance: An Ethnographic Approach. Palgrave MacMillan, New York, pp. 1-32. ISBN 978-0-230-34082-4. E-ISBN 978-1-137-03312-3. (doi:10.1057/9781137033123_1) (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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Abstract

It is not surprising that anthropologists, being academics, should value knowledge. After all, an academic life is a vocation to generate data, to act as a critic in order to detect and eradicate error, and to transmit the state of the art to the next generation. This pursuit of knowledge entails an ethics: knowledge is the value that justifies all aspects of academic activity, whether it is desired as a means of promoting other goods (health, happiness, wealth, well-being) or as an end in itself. The argument that underlies this volume is that anthropologists have too easily attributed to the people they study the same unambiguous desire for knowledge, and the same aversion to ignorance, that motivates their own work, with the result that situations in which ignorance is viewed neutrally—or even positively—have been misunderstood and overlooked. As the principal organization representing the breadth of anthropology, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) starts from the position that generating and appropriately utilizing knowledge (i.e., publishing, teaching, developing programs, and informing policy) of the peoples of the world, past and present, is a worthy goal. —American Anthropological Association n.d.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1057/9781137033123_1
Uncontrolled keywords: ignorance, knowledge, cognition, anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: Jonathan Mair
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2017 20:54 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/57890 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Mair, Jonathan: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6176-3157
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