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Asad, 1994. Social Research 61(2):55-88

Ethnographic Representation, Statistics, and Modern Power
Talal Asad

Social Research: An International Quarterly
Arien Mack, Editor

Volume 61, No. 2 (Summer 1994): 55:88

ABSTRACT: This article examines the role statistical representation has played in creating the world of modern power that anthropologists inhabit. Much has been written on how the anthropologist's experience in the field comes to be inscribed as authoritative ethnography. Although in this effort the rhetorical structures of ethnographic representation have been usefully explored, the main interest in this essay is different. The author asks how the problem of representation is addressed when the mode of inquiry is fieldwork and how this compares with representation in social statistics. The author then reflects on some political implications of this contrast. The aim is to explore the idea that ethnographic...
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