Intimate Details (intimate + detail)

Distribution by Scientific Domains

Selected Abstracts

Humbling, Frightening, and Exalting

Tenibac S. Harvey
The field research presented here on K'iche' Maya healing in highland Guatemala is a work of ethnography and to a lesser (though not an insignificant) extent a work of linguistic anthropology. In this ethnographic retelling of an experiential acquaintance with Maya healing, we examine in intimate detail one specific therapeutic encounter and focus on K'iche' conceptions and experiences of kyeb awanima (being of two hearts) and of achi lib al (companionship) as they relate to healing. These ethnographic intimations seek to avoid autometric descriptions, offering instead something like near-life experience and a kind of socio-scientific atonement to experience that ever follows but never fixes the indeterminacies and lubricities of experience. [source]

Debates on Domesticity and the Position of Women in Late Colonial India

Swapna M. Banerjee
Tracing the genealogy of domesticity from India's precolonial past, this essay problematizes the recent emphasis on the link between women and domesticity in late colonial India. Based on a review of the growing literature in the field, it considers the newly evolved notions of colonial domesticity as a moment of [re]consideration rather than a break with the past. The discursive formation of the new ideas of domesticity under colonial regime transcended the private-public and often national boundaries, indicating an overlap where the most intimate details of the ,private', personal life were not only discussed and debated for public consumption but were also articulated in response to imperial and international concerns. This paper argues that domesticity as a new cultural logic became the motor of change for both the British and the colonized subjects and it particularly empowered women by giving them agency in the late colonial period. In conclusion, this paper signals the importance of children, childhood, fatherhood, and masculinity as critical components of domesticity, which are yet to be broached by South Asian historians. [source]

Front and Back Covers, Volume 25, Number 4.

August 200
Front and Back cover caption, volume 25 issue 4 ETHNOGRHAPHIC DOCUMENTARIES AND PUBLIC ANTHROPOLOGY Ethnographic documentaries are a shop window for anthropology. These cover photos represent three well received films shown at the most recent RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film held at Leeds Metropolitan University in July. The festival is a biennial event at which visual anthropologists, filmmakers and documentarists mingle. The front cover image is from the film Black mountain. A once unremarkable site of multi-faith pilgrimage to a Sufi saint has been transformed and its local history rewritten. The film documents the journey of Charlotte Whitby-Coles, a PhD student who, whilst researching religious pilgrimages, stumbled on the politicization of a pilgrimage site in western India. Her research suggests that Kalo Dungar (Black Mountain), situated in the Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, provides a micro-example of current political issues in India today that threaten the ideal of ,unity in diversity' for the country. The top image on the back cover is taken from Between the lines, a film by Thomas Wartman on India's ,third gender' that follows photographer Anita Khemka as she explores the hidden hijra subculture of Bombay. Khemka is fascinated by the spiritual powers of the outcast hijras , biological men who dress as women but reject identification with either gender. Accompanying three hijras, Khemka discusses intimate details , their matriarchal surrogate families, castration ceremonies, sexuality, begging and prostitution. Khemka's ability to initiate personal dialogue about persistent cultural stereotypes of gender provides insight into a social group currently at the forefront of the fight for gender equality in India. The lower image is from the film Enet Yapai by Daniela Vavrova. Enet Yapai was six years old when Vavrova first met her in 2005 in Ambonwari village, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea. Between November 2007 and April 2008 she followed Enet and her mother Alexia on their way to process sago, catch fish or collect grass for baskets and mats. This experimental film captures the subtleties of the interaction between Enet Yapai, the camera and the filmmaker. For details of the prizes awarded at the festival, see p. 29 of this issue or [source]

Narrative analysis as a strategy for understanding interview talk in geographic research

AREA, Issue 1 2005
Janine L Wiles
Narrative analysis produces strategies to inform the conduct, interpretation and presentation of interview talk, and encourages and enables researchers to take account of research participants' own evaluations. We suggest this to be a useful method for geographers because it focuses on how people talk about and evaluate places, experiences and situations, as well as what they say. With an example from health geography, we show how it allows for interactive texts, thus providing a tool for geographers doing qualitative research to connect intimate details of experience to broader social and spatial relations. [source]