Positionality & Reflexivity
The act of anthropological storytelling offers an inventory of the (in)visible world. In words of John Berger, ‘metaphor after metaphor was given to portray’ a world of others. Therefore, our hands-on anthropology encourages to probe the position of the storyteller who unpacks the metaphors. We point at the offered inventory and inquire how the storyteller reached at certain metaphors and how certain metaphors were chosen. This is why our hands-on anthropology is de-constructive and informed of its positionality.
Finally after positionality, we step further and we ask what a story does to the storyteller? How an anthropologist changes because of stories that she narrates or encounters? We believe this question is the step toward engaged and socially relevant scholarship. Our hands-anthropology is reflexive and it demands students to think about their positions during the knowledge making process.
we recommend these readings:
1) Kohl, Ellen, and Priscilla McCutcheon. "Kitchen table reflexivity: negotiating positionality through everyday talk." Gender, Place & Culture 22, no. 6 (2015): 747-763.
2) Lichterman, Paul. "Interpretive reflexivity in ethnography." Ethnography 18, no. 1 (2017): 35-45.
3) Haraway, D. "Situated knowledges and the persistence of vision." Intersectionality: A Foundations and Frontiers Reader(2014): 41-48.