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Revista Uruguaya de Antropología y Etnografía

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History in Clouds.: Writing concretely. Rev. urug. Antropología y Etnografía [online]. 2016, vol.1, n.2, pp.63-72. ISSN 2393-7068.

Different forms of alienation got into writings on exotic places, from Laputa, a flying island powered by magnets, named on the classic work Gulliver’s Travels by Johnathan Swift (1989, [1726]); Marshal l Sahlins’ The Islands of History (1992 [1985]), narrated by dangerous myths; till nowadays, where computerized clouds, moved around by satellites, are a single island or village, as Marshal McLuhan (1985 [1962]) foresaw over fifty years ago. Anthropologic studies have untiringly investigated, on account of the discipline’s demarcation, for well over a century, the subject of the “ominous” (umheiliche), that sort of projection that identified us with the repressed “other” and it’s allegoric and “incestuous” language. This, probably, let discover the primitive unconscious and “dark” mystery, through investigations the most radicals of which let the questioning on the ethnocentric vision of the privileged, all-knowing observer. Then, after the reflexions that waked up the encounter with the “good savage”, the very explorer turned into the object of ethnographic and meta-anthropologic interest.

Keywords : ethnographic writing; myth praxis; ethnocentric vision; anthropologic history.

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