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What we can think or say—even within and in the idiom of anthropology—cannot but be within established systems of ideality. Thinking in terms of theory, even poetics, delimits us. So we must proceed with humility, humor, and reflexivity, reaching to move from the overdeterminations of description to provocation, knowing that we will have to design for something otherwise.  Our task now becomes creative. We must try, through the design of an experimental ethnographic system, to provoke new idioms, new ways of thinking, which grasp and attend to current realities.
IN THE FUTURE What we are after here could be called the diff´erend, or jouissance. We want to reach beyond established systems of ideality, where Derrida and Levinas locate justice. Philosopher Dawn McCance says it this way: This future anteriority of the mirror stage trope distinguishes Lacan’s specular subject, characterized by “anticipated belatedness” (Weber 1991, 10), from the conscious subject of metaphysical philosophy, Hegel’s Selbst, for example, whose basis is a perfected present ...
17] And a surge of interest in obesity and other indexes of food delivery systems gone wrong. But not in the world of the food industry itself. What would happen if these worlds were brought together? One could predict where the conversation would likely go, based on ethnographic observation of the assumptions, binaries, and expectations of different players. It could well end in uncomfortable silence. Could the ethnographer stage something different, a carefully designed encounter intended to provoke what neither “side” could say or imagine coming in?
[Article] Ethnography in Late Industrialism by Kim Fortun