Transformative Ethnography (TE)

Transformative Ethnography is a method of increasing cross cultural literacy by learning to practice anthropological fieldwork. I designed and developed this method over my twenty years of fieldwork experiences in Brazil, West Africa, and beyond. This methodology draws on sensory, embodied, contemplative, imaginative, and reflective practices in the field of anthropology.

 

Through everyday practices in food, art, music, or even walking, among other specialised skills, the practitioner increases sensitivity to foreign habitus, and slowly learns to embody them. In the process, we become part of a holistic experiment in the art of de-constructing, questioning, and re- constructing our habitual patterns of thinking and acting as multicultural beings.

 

You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.

--Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird. J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1960

Casamance, Senegal

Saikou Jobrateh and Lisa Feder