By Michael Herzfeld
Utilizing Greek ethnography as a reflect for an ethnography of anthropology itself, this booklet finds the ways that the self-discipline of anthropology is ensnared within the related political and social symbolism as its item of analysis. the writer pushes the comparative targets of anthropology past the conventional separation of tribal item from indifferent clinical observer, and provides the self-discipline a severe resource of reflexive perception according to empirical ethnography instead of on ideological hypothesis on my own.
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Although a literal reading of the villagers' deference may seem to take what they say seriously, it also turns a deaf ear to irony (as when one is told that one speaks Greek "better" than the villagers): the ethnographer, in effect, condescends to accept a monopoly of knowledge. In a national culture in which the state has invested heavily in the establishment of universal literacy, this further identifies the ethnographer's position with an official system of values, and with the official reassurance that the villagers truly concur with those values.
Sometimes, the Greeks represent themselves as being European and therefore as possessing literacy. In their ascribed role of living ancestors of the European ideal, they can deride the Turks as both illiterate and fatalistic, reproducing in the process some of the favorite jibes of Greek nationalist scholarship.
G. Kuper 1985). Redemption, conversely, is very much a message of romantic nationalism, with its emphasis on bourgeois models of respectability. Nationalism attempted to repress time by regaining Edenic perfection: "By becoming a part of the nation and nature, Paradise Lost might be regained" (Mosse 1985:183). The romantic preoccupation with human perfectibility is both a secular recasting of the fall and a significant part of the heritage of anthropology. Indeed, anthropologia itself is a category of theological discourse.