What Is “the Question”?
Article first published online: 19 DEC 2013
© 2013 by the American Anthropological Association
Anthropology and Humanism
Volume 38, Issue 2, pages 146–159, December 2013
How to Cite
Foster, S. W. (2013), What Is “the Question”?. Anthropology and Humanism, 38: 146–159. doi: 10.1111/anhu.12015
- Issue published online: 19 DEC 2013
- Article first published online: 19 DEC 2013
Ethnographers' questions are an impress on their encounters and an investment in the politics and poetics of ethnography. I examine the symbolic aura of the question, generically and substantively, that shapes and textures ethnographic truth-telling. An encounter in Morocco illustrate the paradoxical dynamics of the question that constrains the dialogues it produces. The art of the question premises an ethics, a recursive style and a mobile analytics in which process and truth coalesce.