INSTITUTO ARGENTINO DE NIVOLOGIA, GLACIOLOGIA Y CIENCIAS AMBIENTALES
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Anthropology boundaries. Empirics and ontological relativism in a field experience with anomalous luminous entities in Argentina
Anthropology & humanism
Año: 2012 vol. 37 p. 27 - 27
Experiences that do not ﬁt within the perspective of what is ?real? for anthropologists are systematically excluded from ethnographic analysis, in spite of the teachings of relativism. Even so, I approach the following event as an ethnographic report. It happened on February 21, 1998, when I was on a research ﬁeld trip with Huarpe native muleteers in Argentina. During that trip I experienced certain prolonged interactions with anomalous luminous entities. In this article we face the radical problem of ontological relativism and how it is concerned with the deﬁnition of ethnographic objectivity as well as the consequences for the boundaries of anthropology.