Thinking Temporally or Modernizing Anthropolgy

August 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Most of the content of this article I did not find relevant, however there was one point that Donham made that I do find interesting. He suggests a narrative approach to historical anthropological explanation where –

Emergent qualities of events require narrative for explanation, narrative that encompass within itself the narratives of social actors themselves.

My understanding of this point is that participants, environments and objects involved in an event are the social actors of a narrative, and intrinsically the narrative informs an explanation relative to those said qualities.

So one could say that the ‘dangerous animals’, who were fated to be disposed, are the social actors of the narrative of Wartime Zoo Policy along with those who imposed those orders and reasons for this policy.

 

 

Donham, D.L. 2001, ‘Thinking Temporally or Modernizing Anthropology’, American Anthropologist, vol. 103, no. 1, pp. pp. 134-149.

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