Chapter 12 Writing to be read, not for the stars
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Every time I sit down to write an academic text, I feel the same type of tension: between writing as a fair presentation of knowledge, the result of a scientific process, tailored for a small group of dedicated readers, as reviewers and writing for a wider audience, for a regular, "picky" reader with her discovery process in mind, in which I am a partner and companion. In my case, these two identities - the researcher's and the author's - are constantly in suspense. I often end up feeling a weird compromise, a little guilt for not having dared to do more. Many researchers, moreover, are looking for ways of expression in styles that are far from mainstream science writing. The anthologizing poetry trend is strong, starting already with the poetry of Ruth Benedict or Margaret Mead, which used poems in their exploration of the sensuous dimensions of the cultural practices, or more recently Renato Rosaldo, which won a widely respected American Book Award, for a collection of ethnographic poetry.

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