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Theatricality in Ethnography at the World Trade Organization. The Para-Site as Experimental Form

Hadi Nicholas Deeb1 / George E. Marcus2

1 University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

2 University of California, Irvine, U.S.A.

Citation Information: Paragrana Internationale Zeitschrift für Historische Anthropologie . Volume 19, Issue 2, Pages 137–152, ISSN (Print) 0938-0116, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/para.2010.0029, January 2011

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Contemporary anthropological research requires innovation in method that can take the measure of consequential reflection by many subjects on knowledge production within their own domains and anticipate how a research project might connect productively with various discursive communities and networks given the increasing complexity of ethnographic scale and context. One such innovation, the para-site, addresses these challenges by enlisting reflexive subjects as epistemic partners in orchestrated interactions situated alongside ongoing fieldwork activities. Our experiment set the para-site in the “Green Room” of the World Trade Organization and employed linguistic anthropology to facilitate exchanges at the level of our ethnography′s guiding concepts.

Keywords: methodology; para-ethnography; institutions; globalization; language ideologies

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