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[Xmca-l] Re: Appeal for help

Thanks Greg. My notebook is filling up!
And Larry.


Andy Blunden
On 6/07/2016 8:01 AM, Greg Thompson wrote:
​Here are some initial suggestions:
Amanda Coffey's The Ethnographic Self: Fieldwork and the Representation of the Self

The other big literature that comes to mind is the literature from the 80's and 90's that followed Clifford and Marcus' Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography.

But I think that that piece (and that movement more generally) tends to fly a bit too high and misses the important issue that you are pointing to with regard to the constitution of selves.

And one that I just found is Vincent Crapanzano's 1977 essay On the Writing of Ethnography. More than the others, I think this speaks to the issues that you are talking about - the dialectical constitution of self through fieldwork (although Crapanzano's focus is a bit more on the writing stage than it is on the fieldwork itself).

I think that your issue is addressed indirectly in Tim Ingold's piece about ethnography That's Enough about Ethnography. Which is a response to some of these preoccupations with ethnography. But Ingold addresses your concerns only indirectly.

So this is all to say that while it may be commonplace in anthropology, I don't think that anyone has quite done the work of fully articulating the issue here - and definitely not in terms of a virtue ethical framework. And so, as far as I can see, what you propose would be a useful contribution even for anthropology (although I'm guessing that this would not be your primary audience).



On Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 10:59 PM, Andy Blunden <ablunden@mira.net <mailto:ablunden@mira.net>> wrote:

    You are right, Greg: "I think it might be considered
    too commonplace to write about." Maybe I do not need
    to quote research to make this point?


    Andy Blunden
    http://home.mira.net/~andy <http://home.mira.net/%7Eandy>

    On 5/07/2016 11:56 PM, Greg Thompson wrote:


        Appropriating Martins list for cognition, how about:

        Situated ethics?
        Distributed ethics?
        Extended ethics?
        Ordinary ethics?

        Speaking of which, Michael Lambek has an edited
        book out by the name
        of that last one!
        Ordinary Ethics: Anthropology, Language, and Action
        (and here is a link to a review by Michael Lempert
        that also points to
        some others who playing around with virtue ethics
        in various ways:

        And speaking of this tradition of anthropology of
        morality folks who
        have been thinking about virtue ethics, Webb Keane
        has a nice new book
        out called Ethical Life: Its Natural and Social

        Anthropologists have for a long time been dealing
        with the general
        issue that you flag (becoming a different person
        because of a
        different context). It is a basic part of doing
        fieldwork. You go to
        another culture and do the same thing that you
        always did but suddenly
        in this new culture you find that you aren't the
        same person you were
        where you came from. Simple enough. The difficulty
        is finding someone
        who has written about it! I think it might be
        considered too
        commonplace to write about (but if so, I think
        they are wrong!).

        Anyway, I'd be interested to hear more about your


        Sent from my iPhone

            On Jul 5, 2016, at 3:36 PM, Andy Blunden
            <ablunden@mira.net <mailto:ablunden@mira.net>>

            Well, as is my nature, and given my situation,
            I am not going to do any of that kind of
            *investigation*, Michael; I don't really want
            to explain my larger project because that
            would lead to confusion of all kinds at this
            stage. But ... I am just trying to show that
            the understanding of virtues is enhanced by
            taking virtues to be attributes of projects,
            with individuals perhaps acquiring and
            developing such attributes in and through
            their participation in, commitment to and
            place within the project. But it is not my
            intention to look at participation in projects
            as a way of individuals acquiring virtues. But
            simply that the virtuous nature of the project
            is what is primary, not the prima facie
            character of the individual participants. The
            problems I will face in substantiating this
            are very similar to the issues you raised
            about cognitive development, but I am
            confident I can overcome them.



            Andy Blunden

                On 5/07/2016 4:21 PM, Glassman, Michael wrote:

                There are two issues here.  Are you
                exploring the way individual and group
                ethics change based on the current
                circumstances - separate from culturally
                developed "virtues" or are you exploring
                the way individual adapt to different sets
                of "virtues"  "morals" whatever when they
                change culture?

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                eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
                Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Appeal for help

                Perfect Alex! Thank you.


                Andy Blunden

                    On 5/07/2016 4:00 PM, Nektarios Alexi
                    For your request on similar
                    information about changes in a person's
                    character following their emigration
                    to another country?  I have used
                    his theory for my PhD thesis on
                    acculturation effect for help seeking
                    intentions for mental ilness.


                    Immigration, Acculturation, and
                    Adaptation - Berry - 2008 ...
                    How to Cite. Berry, J. W. (1997),
                    Immigration, Acculturation, and
                    Adaptation. Applied Psychology:An
                    International Review, 46: 5-34. doi:
                    10.1111/j.1464-0597.1997 ...

                    on behalf of Andy Blunden
                    *Sent:* Tuesday, 5 July 2016 3:08:22 PM
                    *To:* eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
                    *Subject:* [Xmca-l] Appeal for help
                    Comrade and friends, I need some help.

                    I am setting about developing a new
                    approach to virtue ethics. Virtues
                    are everywhere taken to be deep-seated
                    attributes of a person's
                    character; my aim is to make the
                    starting point instead from virtues
                    defined as deep-seated attributes of a
                    project, which you can take to
                    mean "social context" or "system of
                    activity" if you wish. I don't
                    need advice about issues and problems
                    of ethics, but it is in in the
                    nature of virtue ethics that it always
                    has strong implications for
                    psychology as well as social theory,
                    to the extent that I think I can
                    make a great deal of progress by
                    calling on psychological data.

                    Can people point me to research(ers)
                    about how a person's character
                    changes with social context (e.g.
                    home/work), any evidence of the
                    well-known phenomenon in which a
                    person promoted above the ability
                    suffers a moral degeneration; any
                    suitable and reliable data about the
                    differing character (not just
                    preferences or cognition, but virtues)
                    of people from one culture or another?
                    or similar information about
                    changes in a person's character
                    following their emigration to another

                    URLs appreciated, or whole books, I
                    don't have access to a university
                    library or JSTOR.



                    Andy Blunden

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