Shifting Ethnographic Paradigms and Practices: Unleashing From Colonialism
Keywords:Reflexive, postmodern, auto/ethnography, colonialism, logics and genre
This paper demonstrates realist ethnographic paradigms and practices of engagingÂ an extended period of time to collect the information of distinctive socio-culturalÂ structures or institutions of alien tribal or indigenous societies and describingÂ their cultural ways of life patterns in positivistic manner detaching them fromÂ the research process. It argues that the interpretive or hermeneutic wave ofÂ ethnography deconstructs this Western hegemonic research tradition giving birthÂ to the interpretation of socio-cultural world of the researched attaching meaningÂ to what they say and do. It further argues that the emergence of critical reflexiveÂ ethnographic tradition is the dramatic shift that challenges the colonial ethnographicÂ practices giving space to the self as reflexive research participant. It helps toÂ contest the colonial assumptions of structured and objective visualization of theÂ world and authoritative representation of the other. The ethnographic tradition isÂ further shifting towards promoting epistemic pluralism under postmodern ideologiesÂ employing multiple logics and genres to represent the self and the other. Auto/ethnography that embodies the postmodern notions facilitates the researchers toÂ release from the cage of colonialism serving to adopt multiple ways of knowingÂ indigenously being self-reflexive participants in the research process.
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