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The Vulnerable Observer:. has been added to your Cart. Behar has convinced me that ethnographic empathy will produce an anthropology that has greater meaning than the distanced and detached academic anthropology of the past. Barbara Fisher, The Boston Globe.

The Vulnerable Observer:. Her luminous essays build cultural bridges and challenge conventional ways of doing anthropology. infuses her vision with insight, candor and compassion. A story that engages the emotions.

Return, and Despair 136 6 Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart 161 NOTES 178 I N D EX 192 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The .

Return, and Despair 136 6 Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart 161 NOTES 178 I N D EX 192 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The essays in this book were written between 1987 and 1996. During these years my spirit and my writing have been nur­ tured by friends and colleagues in many ields. The Vulnerable Observer I 5 Anthropology, to give my Aunt Rebeca a grandiose reply, is the most fascinating, bizarre, disturbing, and necessary form of witnessing left to us at the end of the twentieth century.

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In The Vulnerable Observer, the award-winning anthropologist Ruth Behar offers a new theory and practice for this humanistic anthropology

In The Vulnerable Observer, the award-winning anthropologist Ruth Behar offers a new theory and practice for this humanistic anthropology. No longer looking over others' shoulders, she becomes one of the subjects of study as she reflects upon the observer as well as the observed. In classical anthropology, subjects of study are seen as vulnerable while their observers are instructed to remain detached and objective. Yet with the emergence during the last decade of a group of anthropologists with recognizable connections to the cultures in which they work, the lines between participant and observer, insider and outsider are no longer so easily drawn.

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 the postmodern generation of intellectuals. Why pretend that we're unbiased, dispassionate observers when clearly we're human beings who are deeply affected when we witness war and poverty and other tragedies? Why has the Academy considered this distance to be preferable?

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The Vulnerable Observer : Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart. 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.

In classical anthropology, subjects of study are seen as vulnerable while their observers are instructed to remain detached and objective. In The Vulnerable Observer, the award-winning anthropologist Ruth Behar offers a new theory and practice for this humanistic anthropology.

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Kakashkaliandiia
a powerful classic
Cheber
This book covers the notion of including yourself in scholarly writing as a way of acknowledging your bias, and thusly over coming it. Beautifully written and interesting, especially for those seeking to learn creative non-fiction. (ie ethnographers, art educators, critics, anthropologists, etc)
Brakree
Although I wouldn't consider this anthropological or ethnographic, if you want some good stories this book isn't bad. The stories are a little buried under a pseudo-academic framework, but that doesn't detract from them at all. I would recommend this book especially to anyone who's ever experienced a traumatic accident (such as a car crash) which resulted in a mobility-effecting injury.
Zadora
The beginning half of the book where Behar discusses the problems of anthropology was a great read. Why I gave it three stars was because her personal story is a bad example of what she states about what is wrong with Anthro. there's a line between including yourself as the one being observed but she went too in depth about her own childhood that it did give an overview of the handicapped culture - it was more of a biography towards the last half of the book. Would actually give it a 2.5 instead of a 3.
Fani
This is a great anthropological view of social inter relationships.
Yla
The book is very thought provoking and was exactly what I expected. The condition of this used book was exactly as I expected as well.
Fesho
As an anthropology student in pursue of the human face of my career I found the light at the end of the tunnel when I read the Vulnerable Observer...and as a Cuban in exile, the book broke also my heart...Not only Dr. Behar marvelously demonstrates the humanness of the hands and mind behind the typewriter (actually behind the keyboard), but she also opens the doors for those of us who want to be visible to the reader, and not precisely as narcissists but because as she says in her book "...The exposure of the self who is also a spectator has to take us somewhere we couldn't otherwise get to. It has to be essential to the argument, not a decorative flourish, not exposure for its own sake. It has to move us beyond that eclipse into inertia ..., in which we find ourselves identifying so intensively with those whom we are observing that all possibility of reporting is arrested, made inconceivable. It has to persuade us of the wisdom of not leaving the writing pad blank" (Behar, 14). We need more anthropology like this and more anthropologists like her...
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Behar's first-person anthropological essays are perfect for the postmodern generation of intellectuals. Why pretend that we're unbiased, dispassionate observers when clearly we're human beings who are deeply affected when we witness war and poverty and other tragedies? Why has the Academy considered this distance to be preferable? I'm not an anthropologist myself, but I guess you could say I'm a writer/journalist and I think these principles can apply to this field as well.
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