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“List as Form: Literary, Ethnographic, Long, Short, Heavy, Light”

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Duke University Press
Sasha Su-Ling Welland. “List as Form: Literary, Ethnographic, Long, Short, Heavy, Light.” In Writing Anthropology: Essays on Craft and Commitment, edited by Carole McGranahan, 28-33. Durham: Duke University Press, 2020.

In Writing Anthropology, fifty-two anthropologists reflect on scholarly writing as both craft and commitment. These short essays cover a wide range of territory, from ethnography, genre, and the politics of writing to affect, storytelling, authorship, and scholarly responsibility. Anthropological writing is more than just communicating findings: anthropologists write to tell stories that matter, to be accountable to the communities in which they do their research, and to share new insights about the world in ways that might change it for the better. The contributors offer insights into the beauty and the function of language and the joys and pains of writing while giving encouragement to stay at it—to keep writing as the most important way to not only improve one’s writing but to also honor the stories and lessons learned through research. Throughout, they share new thoughts, prompts, and agitations for writing that will stimulate conversations that cut across the humanities.

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