An Ethnographic Inventory: Field Devices for Anthropological Inquiry (Edited Book)

London: Routledge, 2023 | Theorizing Ethnography series

Book edited by Tomás Sánchez Criado & Adolfo Estalella

This book provides an inventory of modes of inquiry for ethnographic research and presents fieldwork as an act of relational invention. It advances contemporary debates in ethnography by arguing that the empirical practice of anthropology is and has always been an inventive activity. Bringing together contributions from scholars across the world, the volume offers an expansive vision of the resourcefulness that anthropologists unfold in their empirical investigations by compiling inventive social and material techniques, or field devices, for anthropological inquiry. The chapters seek to inspire both novel and experienced practitioners of ethnography to venture into the many possibilities of fieldwork, to demonstrate the essential creative and inventive practices neglected in traditional accounts of ethnography, and to invite anthropologists to confidently engage in inventive fieldwork practices.

Table of Contents

Introduction. The ethnographic invention, Adolfo Estalella and Tomás Sánchez Criado

Interlude I. The principle of invention (Outside In), Martin Savransky

1. How to counter-map collectively, Counter-Cartographies Collective

2. How to produce responsive ethnography of data, Jorge Núñez and Maka Suárez

3. How to use disconcertment as ethnographic field-device, Helen Verran

4. How to draw fieldnotes, Letizia Bonanno

5. How to do a digital epidemiography, Shama Patel and John Postill

6. How to make ethnographic research with exhibitions, Francisco Martínez

7. How to write fieldpoetry, Leah Zani

8. How to flow with materials, Rachel Harkness

9. How to game ethnography, Ignacio Farías and Tomás Sánchez Criado

10. How to get caught in the ethnographic material, Greg Pierotti and Cristiana Giordano

11. How to devise collaborative hermeneutics, Kim Fortun and Mike Fortun

12. How to set ethnography in motion, Monika Streule

13. How to use pathosformeln in anthropological inquiry, Anthony Stavrianakis

14. How to perform field encounters, Andrew Irving

15. How to invent childhood publics with photo-stories, Sevasti-Melissa Nolas, Christos Varvantakis and Vinnarasan Aruldoss

16. How to remediate ethnography, Adolfo Estalella

17. How to disrupt our field habits with sensory probes, Anna Harris

18. How to stitch ethnography, Tania Pérez Bustos

Interlude II. An elimination dance (a history of disciplining the field/s), Denielle Elliott

Interlude III. The politics of invention, Isaac Marrero-Guillamón and E. Gabriel Dattatreyan

Conclusion. Taking inventory, Tomás Sánchez Criado and Adolfo Estalella