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Reflexive Ethnographic Practice

Three Generations of Social Researchers in One Place

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  • A revealing account of ethnographic fieldwork in the context of one Indigenous community in northern Australia
  • Combines personal and professional accounts of the challenges and benefits of long-term collaboration and ethnographic encounters with Indigenous peoples
  • Explores critical reflexivity through ethnographic approaches of “responsive reflexivity,” “bracketing,” “introspection,” “inter-subjective reflection,” “mutual collaboration,” and “ironic deconstruction”

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Putting the anthropological imagination under the spotlight, this book represents the experience of three generations of researchers, each of whom have long collaborated with the same Indigenous community over the course of their careers. In the context of a remote Indigenous Australian community in northern Australia, these researchers—anthropologists, an archeologist, a literary scholar, and an artist—encounter reflexivity and ethnographic practice through deeply personal and professionally revealing accounts of anthropological consciousness, relational encounters, and knowledge sharing. In six discrete chapters, the authors reveal the complexities that run through these relationships, considering how any one of us builds knowledge, shares knowledge, how we encounter different and new knowledge, and how well we are positioned to understand the lived experiences of others, whilst making ourselves fully available to personal change. At its core, this anthology is a meditation on learning and friendship across cultures. 

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

    Amanda Kearney

  • Monash University, Clayton, Australia

    John Bradley

About the editors

Amanda Kearney is Matthew Flinders Fellow and Professor of Indigenous and Australian Studies at Flinders University, Australia.           

John Bradley is Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Monash Indigenous Centre at Monash University, Australia.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Reflexive Ethnographic Practice

  • Book Subtitle: Three Generations of Social Researchers in One Place

  • Editors: Amanda Kearney, John Bradley

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-34897-7Published: 22 January 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-34900-4Published: 22 January 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-34898-4Published: 21 January 2020

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIV, 219

  • Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations, 26 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Cultural Anthropology, Ethnography, Social Anthropology, Research Methodology, Sociology of Culture

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