ANALOGUE ANALYSIS

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This article explores ethnographic work as an inventive conversational practice, through which fieldworker and interlocutors continuously process the world. Rather than a summary description, ethnography emerges as an analytical product by which people generate a world to live in, think and write about. Ethnography, then, is not about representation of an empirical setting, but a generative practice of analytically relating some features of the world to others. My ambition is to suggest the notion of analogue analysis to articulate this relational and inventive nature of ethnography, and further to explore the implications of this for revisits to work of founding figures in ethnology. As a way of engaging ethnography in analogue terms, the article combines work of Eilert
Sundt with contemporary material from south India.

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Tamil Nadu, Eilert Sundt, fieldwork, ethnography, quantifications

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Hastrup, F., (2014) “ANALOGUE ANALYSIS”, Ethnologia Europaea 44(2), p.48-60. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/ee.1126

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  • This article was previously published by Museum Tusculanum Press.

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Frida Hastrup (University of Copenhagen)

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