The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart

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Beacon Press, Nov 6, 1997 - Social Science - 208 pages
Eloquently interweaving ethnography and memoir, award-winning anthropologist Ruth Behar offers a new theory and practice for humanistic anthropology. She proposes an anthropology that is lived and written in a personal voice. She does so in the hope that it will lead us toward greater depth of understanding and feeling, not only in contemporary anthropology, but in all acts of witnessing.
 

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I only got a chance to read a couple of the essays in this book before I had to return it to the library, but I loved the overall premise. Behar's first-person anthropological essays are perfect for ... Read full review

THE VULNERABLE OBSERVER: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart

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These readable, insightful essays are linked by the tension between the traditional academic view of anthropology as objective science and accomplished anthropologist Behar's (Univ. of Michigan ... Read full review

Contents

The Vulnerable Observer
1
Death and Memory From Santa Maria del Monte to Miami Beach
34
My Mexican Friend Marta Who Lives across the Border from Me in Detroit
90
The Girl in the Cast
104
Going to Cuba Writing Ethnography of Diaspora Return and Despair
136
Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart
161
NOTES
178
INDEX
192
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Ruth Behar—ethnographer, traveler, novelist, poet and filmmaker—is professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan. The recipient of a Fulbright Award, a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, among many others, Behar was also elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the author of several memoirs and novels, including Lucky Broken Girl and An Island Called Home. Born in Havana, Cuba, she grew up in New York, and has also lived in Spain and Mexico. Today she lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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