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Masquerades of ModernityPower and Secrecy in Casamance, Senegal$
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Ferdinand de Jong

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748633197

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633197.001.0001

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Writing Secrecy

Writing Secrecy

(p.185) 9 Writing Secrecy
Masquerades of Modernity

Ferdinand de Jong

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines how the rhetoric of secrecy has contributed to a particular ethnographic understanding of culture and how it has sustained the positivist distinction between subject and object in ethnographic writing. It therefore deals with the politics and poetics of secrecy. Rather than assuming that a focus on the poetics of ethnography leads us away from its politics, the chapter works with the assumption that poetics and politics are intricately intertwined.

Keywords:   secrecy, culture, ethnographic writing, ethnography

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