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The Ethnographic Case

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An exciting announcement for anthropology and open access fans — the availability of the The Ethnographic Case edited by Emily Yates-Doerr (@eyatesd) and Christine Labuski (@MsLabuski). Hashtag: #EthnoCase

The book is available from open-access press, Mattering Press (@matteringpress). The book originally started as a Somatosphere title.

As an open access book, text and images are licensed under Creative Commons By Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license.

Under this license, authors allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy their work so long as the material is not used for commercial purposes and the authors and source are cited and resulting derivative works are licensed under the same or similar license. No permission is required from the authors or the publisher.

Announcement was made at Biennial Meeting of the Society for Cultural Anthropology   #Displace18

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Table of Contents

1. The Book-CASE: Introduction – Emily Yates-Doerr and Christine Labuski
2. Exemplary: The Case of the Farmer and the Turpentine – Annemarie Mol
3. Autophony: Listening to Your Eyes Move – Anna Harris
4. Encased: Plotting Attentions Through Distraction – Melissa Biggs and John Bodinger de Uriarte
5. No Judgments: Fieldwork on the Spectrum – Faye Ginsburg and Rayna Rapp
6. Facial Paralysis: Somaticizing Frustration in Guatemala – Nicholas Copeland
7. “He Didn’t Blow Us Up”: Routine Violence and Non-event as Case – Ken MacLeish
8. What’s in a Name? – Ruth Goldstein
9. Normalizing Sexually Violated Bodies: Sexual Assault Adjudication, Medical Evidence, and the Legal Case – Sameena Mulla
10. Case by Case – Jason Danely
11. The Case of the Ugly Sperm – Janelle Lamoreaux
12. Waiting in the Face of Bare Life – Aaron Ansell
13. Crossing Boundaries: Making Sense with the Sense-able – Christy Spackman
14. Swamp Dialogues: Filming Ethnography – Ildikó Zonga Plájás
15. What is a Family? Refugee DNA and the Possible Truths of Kinship – Carole McGranahan
16. A Polygraphic Casebook – Susan Reynolds Whyte
17. Traveling within the Case – Atsuro Morita
18. The Case of the Cake: Dilemmas of Giving and Taking – Rima Praspaliauskiene
19. From Fish Lives to Fish Law: Learning to See Indigenous Legal Orders in Canada – Zoe Todd
20. Ethnographic Case, Legal Case: From the Spirit of the Law to the Law of the Spirit – André Menard and Constanza Tizzoni
21. The Enclosed Case – Elizabeth Lewis
22. Making Cases for a Technological Fix: Germany’s Energy Transition and the Green Good Life – Jennifer Carlson
23. Filming Sex/Gender: The Ethics of (Mis)representation – Anna Wilking
24. Three Millimeters – Christine Labuski
25. The Discernment of Knowledge: Sexualized Violence in the Mennonite Church – Stephanie Krehbiel
26. Earthly Togetherness: Making a Case for Living with Worms – Filippo Bertoni
27. Extractivism, Refusals, and the Unearthing of Failure – Teresa Velasquez
28. Fixing Things, Moving Stories – Jenna Grant
29. Conclusion – Emily Yates-Doerr


Experiment in publication
With our online book we are testing out an emergent form of public peer review. We have adapted an open review template first designed by Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media & Technology, which not only permits but encourages readers to chime in. This, then, is our invitation: we invite you to join our conversation, commenting on the chapters in places where you find yourself inspired to do so. Instructions and guidelines are here. (Please be generous and also keep in mind that these pieces were written as short essays and that the final paperback book will also feature short essays rather than full-length academic articles.)


  • Does the book have cover art?
  • Can the book be downloaded as a PDF?
  • Will there be a hangout or video conversation with the editors and authors? (We offer to host one if there is interest)
  • Which of the authors have an account on Twitter?
  • What is the status of open access publication in anthropology?


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