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Anthropology and Social Experts: Agency, Creativity and the refusal to inhabit Categories


Antonadia Borges


In the present paper, I develop an anthropological approach that assumes that the people with whom we do research are themselves researchers. Such a perspective has emerged from at least two interlinking sources. On the one hand, there is the ethnographic fieldwork carried out among urban settlers who live in a modern satellite-city on the outskirts of Brasilia (Brazil) and on the other, black land litigants in KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). The theoretical focus of my explanation centres on the concepts of agency and creativity as formulated differently by my hosts-scientists in their own right, I argue-in their attempts to challenges categories and slots they do not believe to be adequate for framing their lives.

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