Cymene Howe and Stephanie Takaragawa, "Takaragawa, Stephanie and Howe, Cymene. "Failure." Theorizing the Contemporary, Cultural Anthropology website, July 27, 2017. ", contributed by James Adams and Angela Okune, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 3 July 2018, accessed 27 May 2023. http://www.worldpece.org/content/takaragawa-stephanie-and-howe-cymene-failure-theorizing-contemporary-cultural-anthropology
Abstract: In ethnographic collaboration there are lots of places to flail, fall, and fail. We can disappoint our interlocutors, and we can crash with them. Failed collaborations may manifest in dysfunction, dissonance, discord. Or they may result in relationships severed and withered: broken people and broken projects. Failure feels rotten all around because it is affectively tied to fear and ambivalence; it lingers as the abandoned project that never managed to thrive. Failure can strike when communication and aesthetics are at odds, occurring at any moment or through many moments.