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Matt McGinnis
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Curtin University, Perth, Australia

Anthopological Fiction

What struck me at university was the way in which so much ethnography is linked with story telling. When I went to Northern Thailand and met an experienced field anthropologist my curiosity grew about the link between anthropology and fiction. And then in China I came across the saying 'all you are is all you say you are'.

I'm currently writing a novel about these concepts. In no way do I intend to denigrate anthropologists and their achievements. In fact, if anything, I want to popularize the discipline so more people can get to terms with the valuable work that is done. But it just seems an obvious cross-over, particularly during his time of deconstruction and inter-subjectivity.

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Chiang Mai

‘Bloody hell, am I glad to see you, brother.’ Gene shook my hand hard and patted my back and straight away began talking in long reverberating sentences about how great it was to see his old reliable mate. He gushed with the type of enthusiasm I hadn’t heard since campus days. I grabbed my pack from under the bus. I felt ten feet tall.

‘Let’s cut out of here, what’s the time, quarter past twelve, okay, I said to this German guy I’d meet him for lunch but that was before you called. You… Continue

Posted on November 29, 2009 at 9:49am

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At 8:56pm on February 18, 2010, Jeremy Johnson said…
Hey Matt, thanks for the comment on my profile, and your interesting post on the Anthro. Fiction group!


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