Return to Sumatra: 1957,1997
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2008
Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 461–477, May 1999
How to Cite
Bruner, E. M. (1999), Return to Sumatra: 1957,1997. American Ethnologist, 26: 461–477. doi: 10.1525/ae.19184.108.40.2061
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2008
In this article, I reflect on how ethnography has changed between my 1957 fieldwork in a Toba Batak village in Sumatra, Indonesia, and my return visit in 1997. I argue that current issues of transnationalism and globalization are as significant in what is seemingly the most traditional of anthropological sites, a mountain village in Southeast Asia, as in more modern worldly settings. I discuss culture and ethnography, and I explore different experiential meanings of the term village.