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"For you have given me speech!"—Gifted Ethnographers, Illiterate Primitives, and Media Epistemologies in the Poetry and Plurimedial Writing of Margaret Mead

Reichel, A. Elisabeth


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  "description": "<p>This article centers on the role of the medium of alphabetic writing in the poetry and scholarship of Margaret Mead (1901&ndash;1978), one of the most prolific writers of 20th-century U.S.-American anthropology. I argue that Mead&rsquo;s writing about and with words is continuous with the Eurocentric cultural evolutionist understanding of phonetic writing as a marker of ultimate human advancement. Mead&rsquo;s demarcation of her subjects&rsquo; alterity by their lack of and failure to use the medium of script extends the process of epistemic colonization well into the 20th century, a process that denies the people that anthropologists study the ability to become involved with the very discourses that cast them in this position of objects of study. I first focus on Mead&rsquo;s largely unexplored poetic writing and then consider the plurimedial work that grew out of her fieldwork in Bali.</p>", 
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  "headline": "\"For you have given me speech!\"\u2014Gifted Ethnographers, Illiterate Primitives, and Media Epistemologies in the Poetry and Plurimedial Writing of Margaret Mead", 
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  "datePublished": "2021-01-31", 
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    "Margaret Mead; cultural anthropology; ethnography; plurimediality; literacy/writing; poetry"
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