By Peter Metcalf
They Lie, We Lie is an test via an skilled fieldworker to interact fresh opinions in ethnography, that's the writing of tradition, made either from inside anthropology and from such disciplines as cultural experiences and post-colonial conception. this is often invaluable simply because there was a polarization inside anthropology among those that react dismissively to what Marshall Sahlins calls 'afterology' and those that locate the evaluations so crippling as to make it difficult to get on with anthropology in any respect. Metcalf bridges this divide via reading the contradictions of fieldwork in reference to a specific 'informant', an impressive outdated woman who attempted for 20 years to manage what he might and wouldn't study. At every one degree, the writer attracts out the overall implications of his difficulty by way of making comparisions to the main well-known of all fieldwork relationships, that among Victor Turner and Muchona.
The result's an account that's available to these unexpected with the present reviews of ethnography, and precious to those that are just too generic to them. His dialogue indicates, no longer easy methods to ward off the evaluations, yet how in reality anthropologists have coped with the existential dilemmas of fieldwork.