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Paulo and the Birds: Towards a Magical Realist Approach to Ethnography

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Abstract:

This article explores how magical realism can be used as an analytic to study culture. I propose a magical realist epistemology that seeks to dismantle binaristic impulses by allowing for competing notions of reality to co-exist. This displacement of Western notions of “truth” compels Western ethnographers and their readers to imagine an alternative world where the magical and the mundane are mutually sustaining.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10714420802511226

Affiliations: Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego, USA

Publication date: October 1, 2008

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