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Author Hemer, Oscar, 1954-

Title Contaminations and ethnographic fictions : southern crossings / Oscar Hemer
Published Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, [2020]


Description 1 online resource (xv, 220 pages) : illustrations (black and white, and colour)
Series Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology
Palgrave studies in literary anthropology.
Summary In an unusual merging of academic and literary practices, this volume attempts to identify a form (or forms) that is congenial with the subject of interrogation: the world in transition, with South Africa as the main focal point. Approaching anthropology from the position of the literary writer, Oscar Hemer here takes the reader through a kaleidoscope of perspectives - a stream-of-consciousness understanding of "writing the city" of Johannesburg, embedding ethnography in subjectivity; a challenge to binaries both temporal and gendered in examining the growth of the IT metropolis Bangalore to a combusting mega-city; an auto-ethnographic interweaving of fictional reportage with a close-reading of anthropological and philosophical treatises, including Mary Douglas's Purity and Danger and Edouard Glissant's Poetics of Relation, among others - to interrogate themes of transition, identity, purity and variation in the Western Cape. As the form transcends boundaries to create a methodological hybrid, creolization comes to the fore as a theoretical concept and as cultural practice
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Literature and anthropology -- South Africa
South African literature -- History and criticism
Ethnology -- South Africa.
Literature and anthropology
South African literature
South Africa
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9783030349257