Minima Ethnographica: Intersubjectivity and the Anthropological Project


“In this major anthropological study, Jackson argues convincingly that intersubjectivity is the central facet of social life, which is, above all, about negotiating and renegotiating such distinctions as the one and the many, particular and universal, self and other.  Beautifully written and constructed, the book carries the reader along, and it is a pleasure to see theoretical reflections emerge from the author’s confrontation with his ethnographic experience.” - Paul Stoller

“On the road and at home in the world, Michael Jackson tells his traveling stories with an evocative ease.  His vignettes focus on relationships and the ways they were experienced, embodied, remembered, and narrated.  And then come the existential aftershocks, as those narratives make us reflect on what is radical about radical empiricism, what is ‘inter’ about intersubjectivity, what is critical about critical understanding.  Like Jackson’s other books, Minima Ethnographica makes an eloquent case for phenomenological anthropology.” - Steven Feld