Settler agnosia in the field: Indigenous action, functional ignorance, and the origins of ethnographic entrapment

dc.contributor.author Arndt, Grant
dc.contributor.author Arndt, Grant
dc.contributor.department American Indian Studies
dc.contributor.department Anthropology
dc.date 2018-02-19T02:26:00.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-29T23:42:10Z
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dc.date.copyright Fri Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2016
dc.date.issued 2016-08-01
dc.description.abstract <p>In the late 1930s a novice fieldworker from the University of Chicago wrote in his field notes that his collaboration with a Ho-Chunk interpreter had failed because of the interpreter's “aggressions” in the struggle for “white class status.” The notes exhibit a pattern of perceptual failure that I call “settler agnosia,” elements of which have been noted in research on the obstacles facing Indigenous activists. The case shows that the tendency of older anthropological accounts of contemporary American Indian life to obscure evidence of both colonial oppression and Indigenous action may have originated as consequences of a form of functional ignorance triggered by interpersonal struggles over position in the everyday relations of settler society. An ethnographic investigation of the links between settler agnosia and the practice of settlerness connects perception in everyday interactions to larger issues of knowledge production in and of settler societies.</p>
dc.description.comments <p>This article is from <em>American Ethnologist</em> 43 (2016): 465–474, doi:<a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/amet.12339" target="_blank">10.1111/amet.12339</a>. Posted with permission.</p>
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dc.subject.disciplines Indigenous Studies
dc.subject.disciplines Social and Cultural Anthropology
dc.subject.keywords settler colonialism
dc.subject.keywords field theory
dc.subject.keywords Bordieu
dc.subject.keywords race
dc.subject.keywords ignorance
dc.subject.keywords indigeneity
dc.subject.keywords Native North America
dc.title Settler agnosia in the field: Indigenous action, functional ignorance, and the origins of ethnographic entrapment
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