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Journal

Lud

2014 | 98 | 157-180
Article title

Uwagi o fetyszyzacji empatii jako kategorii poznania antropologicznego

Title variants
EN
REMARKS ABOUT THE FETISHIZATION OF EMPATHY AS THE CATEGORY OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL COGNITION
Languages of publication
PL
Abstracts
EN
In his article the author reflects on the ways of thinking by some Polish anthropologists representing the younger generation of researchers and mainly addresses the way in which they approach fieldwork. The author uses materials collected during his study of Polish ethnographers and anthropologists conducted from 2010 to 2014. The author applies tools of analysis and set of concepts developed by cognitive linguistics. Primarily he uses George Lakoff’s and Mark Johnson’s theory of metaphor, which lets him map and show the scale of the impact of everyday thinking on reasoning and practice in anthropology. This influence increases because anthropologists conceptualize fieldwork using such categories as empathy, empathize, dialogue and face-to-face relation with informants and fieldwork participants. Based on the gathered data the author distinguishes three fundamental subdomains involving 1. the field and the contact, 2. the researcher, and 3. the meeting. Each subdomain comprises three conceptual metaphors: 1. field is ownership, contact is a test of power, contact is a deal; 2. researcher is an expert, researcher is a sinner, researcher is obliged; 3. meeting is the situation, meeting is the task, meeting is a union. These metaphors not only constitute a model of selected aspects of anthropologists’ professional way of thinking, but also, indirectly, as preconceptions and hidden presuppositions influence researchers’ attitudes in the field, their results and the form of anthropological knowledge.
Journal
Lud
Year
Volume
98
Pages
157-180
Physical description
Dates
published
2014
Contributors
References
Document Type
Publication order reference
Identifiers
ISSN
0076-1435
YADDA identifier
bwmeta1.element.desklight-35cde526-6ca4-45d2-a169-d9287c840efb
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