Some of us attended Tim Ingold seminar last Friday at the Old College in Edinburgh. Somehow we were slightly disappointed by his decision to read throughout the whole seminar, and perhaps also (albeit expected), by the topic itself, on knitting and joining at the origin of architecture. As for the general topic of this forum, his writings on people, culture and the interaction with the environment could be more interesting. Moreover, most of us, one way or the other are doing "ethnography" at some point of our research, and probably for many, at least for those less familiar with these methods, it represents a mind-changing personal journey. This is why Ingold differentiation between ethnography and anthropology becomes relevant as the lecture linked below clearly shows.
The only way you can know things is through a process of self discovery. To know things you have to grow into them and let them grow in you so that they become part of who you are. It is by paying attention to what the world has to tell us that we learn. (…) In this sense, anthropology is transformational. It is ‘studying with’ and ‘learning from’. Ethnography is a ‘study of’ and ‘learning about’.