Indescribable! Outrageous! Radio and postmodernity
Dünnwald discusses claims of postmodern anthropology, the literary turn, and resulting difficulties, to generate 'postmodern' ethnographies. He touches the rejection of postmodern ideas by "established anthropology" in Germany, and presents his own experiment in postmodern ethnography, a broadcast project with a free radio station in Munich on the political situation in Togo and the life of Togolese in Munich. He concludes that postmodern claims - for polyphony etc. - are rather academic, and that in cases where 'informants' become co-actors one can hardly speak of scientific ethnography anymore. The difficulties and dilemmata of creating a 'postmodern' ethnography become obvious.
Keywords: postmodern ethnography, ethnography and postmodernism, Togolese im Munich