Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Problem With Dove’s “Real Beauty” Campaign, Part 2: Rethinking Beauty

In my previous post, I discussed how there are some real problems in Dove’s “Real Beauty” Campaign. Some of these issues include problems related to retouching photos and, in their most recent installment, a lack of diversity along lines of … Continue reading

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The Problem With Dove’s “Real Beauty” Campaign, Part 1

I came across Dove’s “Real Beauty” Sketches a little while ago. A friend of mine had posted it on her Facebook wall. I saw it and was immediately ambivalent. To be sure, Dove has had a pseudo-inclusive message about women … Continue reading

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Excerpts – 8: Notions of Objectivity, Repurposed and Clarified

Haraway argues that through articulating subject positions, there is an enriching in the particular, in the situational, and in the specific – in knowing always and only partially, but in a manner that respects the multiple, and often incoherent and … Continue reading

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Excertps – 7: On Validity, Objectivity, and Objectification in Ethnographic Writing

In addition to the ethical danger however, the classic ethnographic view to shape cultures as static, unchanging, with integrity and coherence is problematic with respect to the validity of research conducted. Just as thick description and deep analysis involves differentiating … Continue reading

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Excertps – 6: On Objectification, Decolonising Research, and Disturbing Relations of Power in Ethnographic Writing

Classic ethnography, Rosaldo notes, removes the observer from the observed, setting a large distance between them. The epistemological foundations of creating this distance are strongly tied to notions of objectivity, and more chillingly, exploitation: the idea that more valid data … Continue reading

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Excerpts – 5: How (not) to write about “culturally distinct Others” in Ethnography

Ethnographic accounts have often hinged on ‘thin descriptions’ of culturally distinct Others. These stereotypes are immediately recognized by Rosaldo and Paredes who, by being researchers of colour, are perhaps more attuned to the ways in which Chicano discourses circulate amongst … Continue reading

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Excerpts – 4: On the Purpose of Ethnography

Geertz proposes that the preoccupation in anthropological studies in moving from particular and local “truths” to grand theories has hinged partly on a type of existential crisis with respect to the purpose of the tradition, relative to other sciences. While … Continue reading

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Excerpts – 3: On Writing/Authority/Ethnography

The word “ethnography” can be loosely broken down into “ethno” and “graphy”. “Ethno-” is the more difficult word element to define. (Word elements are generally borrowed from longer words.) Online accounts define it as people – but intuitively the notion … Continue reading

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Excerpts – 2: On Texts: Writing/Authorship/Authority/Vision

How are people positioned in texts? Who is responsible for this positioning? What did they “see” before they wrote, and what might have they missed “seeing”? Where are the limits to the technologies used in “seeing” in qualitative research? When … Continue reading

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Excerpts – 1: Introduction/Research as a Contested Space

Introduction This is a post about power and space between researchers and the researched. This is a post about words as we understand them – and as we can grow to understand them. This post is me trying to come … Continue reading

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