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Urban Conflagration and the Making of the Modern World
Afterword by Stephen J. Pyne
“A remarkably robust survey of cultures, cities, and histories that affirms the universality of
fire’s impact within the urban setting.”—Stephen J. Pyne
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An engaging, reflective, and deeply personal book that
prompts a rethinking of both the limits and possibilities of
The ethnographic methods that anthropologists first developed to
study other cultures—fieldwork, participant observation, dialogue—
are now being adapted for a broad array of applications, such as
business, conflict resolution and demobilization, wildlife conservation,
education, and biomedicine. In
Transforming Ethnographic Knowledge
anthropologists trace the changes they have seen in ethnography as a
method and as an intellectual approach, and they offer examples of
ethnography’s role in social change and its capacity to transform its
Senior scholars Mary Catherine Bateson, Sidney Mintz, and
J. Lorand Matory look back at how thinking ethnographically shaped
both their work and their lives, and George Marcus suggests that the
methods for teaching and training anthropologists need rethinking
and updating. The second part of the volume features anthropologists
working in sectors where ethnography is finding or claiming new
relevance: Kamari Maxine Clarke looks at ethnographers’ involve-
ment (or non-involvement) in military conflict, Csilla Kalocsai
employs ethnographic tools to understand the dynamics of corporate
management, Rebecca Hardin and Melissa Remis take their own
anthropological training into rainforests where wildlife conservation
and research meet changing subsistence practices and gendered poli-
tics of social difference, and Marcia Inhorn shows how the interests in
mobility and diasporic connection that characterize a new generation
of ethnographic work also apply to medical technologies, as those
mediate fertility and relate to social status in the Middle East.
is associate professor in the School of Natural
Resources and Environment and in the Department of Anthropology at
the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is coeditor of
Lives: New Perspectives on the Social Life of the Corporate Form
, a special
edition of the journal
Current Anthropology
professor of anthropology at
Yale University and author
Fictions of Justice: The
International Criminal Court
and the Challenge of Legal
Pluralism in Sub-Saharan
“This multifaceted, energizing collection
reminds us of the many reasons that ethnog-
raphy’s sustained engagement with others is
so vital—not just to anthropology but also
for analysis and action in the contemporary
—Kirin Narayan, author of
Alive in the
Writing: Crafting Ethnography in the Company of
Mary Catherine Bateson,
Kamari Maxine Clarke, Rebecca Hardin,
Marcia Inhorn, Csilla Kalocsai,
George Marcus, J. Lorand Matory,
Sidney Mintz, Melissa Remis, Jennifer Staple