Small Places, Big Stakes: Meetings as Moments of Ethnographic Momentum

Christina Garsten, Adrienne Sörbom

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Abstract

This chapter is organized so as to provide a theoretical discussion of what meeting ethnography can entail in an environment where access to meetings is severely restricted, and where meetings often transgress and challenge what appear to be the gates of the meeting. It introduces the World Economic Forum (WEF) as an organization, highlighting its interest in keeping their meetings closed. The chapter also discusses how the WEF draws on meetings to leverage their visibility and authority as a global player. It presents ethnographic vignettes from the meeting in Davos, but also from other WEF meetings in other parts of the world, in order to illustrate the role of meetings as part of a broader organizing effort. Finally, the chapter concludes by discussing meetings in the context of the predicaments of contemporary anthropological fieldwork and ask in what sense meetings may be seen as experiential and experimental sites, in Rabinow's terms.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelMeeting Ethnography : Meetings as Key Technologies of Contemporary Governance, Development, and Resistance
RedaktørerJen Sandler, Renita Thedvall
Antal sider17
UdgivelsesstedNew York
ForlagRoutledge
Publikationsdato2017
Sider126-142
Kapitel6
ISBN (Trykt)9781138677692
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781315559407
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2017
NavnRoutledge Studies in Anthropology
Vol/bind37

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