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I feel like I could go many directions in responding here, acknowledging that I am completely uninformed about the theoretical ideas that may correspond with or completely negate my ideas. Possibly because of my undergraduate degree in anthropology, I think in my classes and in my own life I tend to be interested in how the personal, including the psychological or philosophical sphere, interacts with the political and sociological. My classes increasing ask students to look at themselves--their literacy history or a type profile, say--and then use these ideas of self to discuss how they interact with a particular topic or with a particular group of fellow classmates in a group project or whatever. I cannot completely abandon "the personal" or personal writing because of my belief (again, probably inspired by the way reflexivity was trained into my brain as an anthropology major) that the personal and the political, the individual studying and the subject being studied, the private and the public, cannot (and, I would argue, should not) be completely separated. In class discussions about the limits of the use of ethnography because of its perceived subjectivity, I believe I remember talking about the cumulative effects of having numerous ethnographies that can eventually give a less subjective view of a culture or a particular aspect of a culture. Also, while an individual's perspective may seem too subjective or individualized to be useful, it may provide a new or different insight that could be useful in analyzing the subject at hand.

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