Real time: Unwinding technocratic and anthropological knowledge

Annelise Riles*

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Abstract

"The Bank of Japan is our mother," bankers in Tokyo sometimes said of Japan's central bank. Drawing on this metaphor as an ethnographic resource, and on the example of central bankers who sought to unwind their own technocratic knowledge by replacing it with a real-time machine, I retrace the ethnographic task of unwinding technocratic knowledge from those anthropological knowledge practices that critique technocracy. In so doing, I draw attention to special methodological problems-involving the relationship between ethnography, analysis, and reception-in the representation and critique of contemporary knowledge practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)392-405
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Ethnologist
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

Keywords

  • Bureaucracy
  • Economics
  • Expert knowledge
  • Finance
  • Japan
  • Regulation
  • Risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology

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