Discussion - Schlegel comes close to adding to the genre...

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Schlegel comes close to adding to the genre that critics derisively refer to as confessional ethnography. Fortunately he sidesteps the typical confessional account and most of its attendant problems. One of the problems with such personal narratives is that they always raise more questions-questions that the author probably didn't write about in the first place for good reason. Another is that confessional ethnography often seems to tell the readers more about the anthropologist than about the people studied. If Schlegel doesn't completely avoid the first problem, he does provide enough information on the Teduray to satisfy both the specialists and the general public. Many of the aspects of Teduray life that Schlegel described, such as the compassionate acceptance of human frailties, dedication to non-violence, emphasis on cooperation, non- confrontational solutions to interpersonal conflict, many of these are familiar to those who have studied and read about smallscale societies, but Schlegel's powerful
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