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Accepted Paper:

What use is ethnography for? Challenging Western Epistemological Authority  

Author:

Ioannis Kyriakakis (Hellenic Open University)

Paper short abstract:

In this paper I describe the difficulties I had to communicate my ethnographic experience of Christianity in Western Ghana to the environment of established academic anthropology and I discuss the reasons for that.

Paper long abstract:

In this paper I describe the difficulties I had to communicate my ethnographic experience of Christianity in Western Ghana to the environment of established academic anthropology. I claim that despite the radical criticism launched from time to time by anthropologists against western epistemological tradition, when it comes to academic procedures, this tradition is respectfully followed within anthropological departments. I am attempting to shed light on this contradiction, as well as to propose ways of overcoming it.

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Deferred horizons: Whose anthropology is this?