ERIC Number: ED438967
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Chicano Drivers of Ideas in Anthropology across Space and Place: Pre-Postmodern Debts to Chicano Studies and Others. JSRI Occasional Paper No. 53. Latino Studies Series.
Velez-Ibanez, Carlos G.
Current trends toward transnational and postmodern analysis in anthropology were anticipated by theoretical and methodological positions held by those involved in Chicano Studies. In addition, new institutional forms were inaugurated in anthropology as a direct and indirect result of the experience of participating in Chicano Studies programs. Many simultaneously participated in Chicano Studies and engaged in graduate programs in anthropology in the 1960s and 1970s. In fact, what is particular to all this cohort of incipient anthropologists, is their shared experiences in multinational ethnography, processes and analysis, and a "critical cultural" stance. From Chicano Studies, most who were to become anthropologists became adept, if not expert, at engaging in a variety of nomothetic, interpretive, quantitative, and qualitative discourses. Yet, by necessity and through a voracious interest, Chicano Studies professors consumed everything and filled their own "starved minds" to teach students. During this period, there were more bibliographies written by many than there were entries for their creation. Chicano Studies scholars were engaged in constant intellectual struggle to understand the realities of exploitation, racism, and repression. They challenged and critiqued the notion of a disengaged and authoritarian anthropology; deconstructed current ethnographies of Mexican Americans; laid out the theoretical and methodological deficiencies of anthropology; and insisted on a more rigid application of systematic fieldwork. This paper summarizes the contributions of Chicano Studies scholars to anthropology and provides a personal narrative of the intellectual and professional development of researcher/author of anthropology and Chicano Studies, Carlos G. Velez-Ibanez. (Contains 30 references.) (AA)
Descriptors: Anthropology, Criticism, Educational Experience, Higher Education, Intellectual History, Interdisciplinary Approach, Personal Narratives, Researchers, Scholarship, Social Science Research
Full text at Web site: http://www.jsri.msu.edu/RandS/research/ops/.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Julian Samora Research Inst.