Paulo and the Birds: Towards a Magical Realist Approach to Ethnography
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
Affiliations: Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego, USA
Publication date: October 1, 2008