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Reconsidering the vignette as method

Demetriou, Olga

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When ethnography is used in fields outside anthropology, vignettes often take a central role. Yet methodological discussions of the vignette are not as central to anthropology as their cross-disciplinary use might warrant. By dwelling on, but perhaps less stringently guarding, disciplinary boundaries, anthropology can gain a clearer view of its own central tools—in this case, vignettes. Reconsidering these tools holds particular relevance for work on refugee studies, an inherently interdisciplinary field that anthropology has had a key role in shaping. Artistic works focused on refugees are considered here from a meta-ethnographic perspective that pays attention to the processes through which a specific series of artworks were produced alongside their content. Central to this analysis is the role of the vignette in the artist's presentation of her work, which enables an inquiry into the double role of the vignette as both method and presentation in anthropology.


Demetriou, O. (2023). Reconsidering the vignette as method. American Ethnologist, 50(2), 208-222.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 31, 2021
Online Publication Date Mar 30, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date May 10, 2023
Publicly Available Date May 10, 2023
Journal American Ethnologist
Print ISSN 0094-0496
Electronic ISSN 1548-1425
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 50
Issue 2
Pages 208-222


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&copy; 2023 The Authors. American Ethnologist published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of American Anthropological Association.<br /> <br /> This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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