cintron, Ralph — Angel’s Town


Ethnographers situate their studies differently.  History is contextualized and politicized. 


Field sites are frozen in time in ethnographies.  In Cintron, however, site is not frozen.  The site is constructed through his eyes.  The site is created through his ethos.


Historicizes his work, his site, the everyday rhetorics.


Cintron acknowledges that he is contributed to meaning making at the same time he acknowledge ethnography is fiction to a certain extent.  We write what we see, which is influenced by our own histories.  Our ethos influences logos as logos influence ethos.


Cintron says ethos works like logos.  You develop your ethos through interactions with people in or at your fieldsite.  Most researchers situate ethnography on autobiographical plane.  Ethnographers always connect study with earlier point in life.  Therefore, their ethos constitutes their logos and avice versa.  Fieldsites can be understood as objects of knowledge and as extensions of a life-pattern or ethos-8.


The fieldsite mediated in text created by ethnographer is different then the actual fieldsite as experienced by subject and/or ethnographers.  He includes his own autobiography in this ethnography.


Read  The practices of everyday life-De Certeau


Rhetorics of Everyday Life:


He focus on rhetorics of daily life and treats everything has having meaning that can be connected to everything else.


In order to make a claim, you need to perform a claim.  You need to explain your process, how you see the world.   On page 10,


He’s conducting a metaethnography.  He’s deconstructing ethnography while he his conducting it. 


My question:  Why is he adopting rhetorics of everyday life and divorcing himself from everyday litearcies?


Is that move necessary?  Why is literacy not part of this text????


Techne of doing fieldwork and techne of writing ethnography is a reasoned habit of mind in making something: 


The ethics of naming:  Pretend town name give community power.  Why did he change name?  It symbolizes ambiguity he experienced in Angeltown.  Pseudonym a is a larger trope that helps him understand problem with fieldwork, the difficulty of finding the truth inside the lie, the lie inside the truth (xiii).


Ethnography is a social construct!  Ethnography has multiple fictions.


Writing is a means of the state to order society and keep it stable.  (52 – 55).


“De-composition” —McCruer


poetry and the language of revolution—kristeva—


Don Angel—performance and stylistic markers–



Inheritance of Lust





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