Anthrohistory: Unsettling Knowledge, Questioning Disciplineby David Cohen
Pub. Date: 01/25/2011
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Stretching back to the 1950s, interdisciplinary work between anthropology and history has taken diverse expressions. Yet it has developed with more coherence since the 1980s, largely in response to the declining promise of global modernity and the rise of poststructuralism and deconstructionism. Through a critical and contemporary engagement with this wave of
Stretching back to the 1950s, interdisciplinary work between anthropology and history has taken diverse expressions. Yet it has developed with more coherence since the 1980s, largely in response to the declining promise of global modernity and the rise of poststructuralism and deconstructionism. Through a critical and contemporary engagement with this wave of scholarship, this volume challenges readers to think of work at the crossroads of anthropology and history as transdisciplinary and anthrohistorical, moving beyond a partial integration of the disciplines as it critically evaluates their assumptions and trajectories.
This approach permits Anthrohistory: Unsettling Knowledge, Questioning Discipline to present a broader perspective that unsettles the constraints of existing academic practice. The volume does not offer a blueprint for fulfilling this goal, but rather a variety of positions taken by anthrohistorians who work in diverse contexts. Adopting an innovative and accessible style, Anthrohistory opens a provocative window into broader questions of interdisciplinarity, representation, epistemology, methodology, and social commitment.
Edward Murphy is Assistant Professor of History and Global Urban Studies at Michigan State University.
David William Cohen is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Professor Emeritus of History, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Michigan.
Chandra D. Bhimull is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the African-American Studies Program at Colby College.
Fernando Coronil is Presidential Professor at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York and Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Professor Emeritus of History, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Michigan.
Monica Eileen Patterson is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence at Concordia University in Montreal.
Julie Skurski is Distinguished Lecturer in Anthropology at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.
Cover art: Paul Klee, Tightrope Walker (1923), © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
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Table of Contents
List of Figures ix
1 A Prefatory Piece Chandra D. Bhimull Edward Murphy Monica Eileen Patterson 3
2 The Pursuits of Anthrohistory: Formation against Formation David William Cohen 11
Part 1 Encountering Boundaries
3 Notes on the Difficulty of Studying el Pueblo Paul K. Eiss 37
4 Step into Anthrohistory David Pedersen 48
5 Genealogies of Mediation: "Culture Broker" and Imperial Governmentality E. Natalie Rothman 67
6 Childhood, Memory, and Gap: Reflections from an Anthrohistorian on Georges Perec's W or the Memory of Childhood Monica Eileen Patterson 81
7 Working in the In-between: Archives, Ethnography, and Research in Gaza Ilana Feldman 97
8 The Past and Present of the Future Perfect in Anthropology and History Deirdre de la Cruz 110
Part 2 Unsettling Knowledge
9 Past Warfare: Ethics, Knowledge, and the Yanomami Controversy Julie Skurski 121
10 Disaster Preparedness Shannon Lee Dawdy 140
11 Reclaiming Tradition Zareena A. Grewal 156
12 Impressions: An Interval 171
13 The Miracle of History: Temporality and Uncertainty in Southern Arabia Mandana E. Limbert 181
14 The Politics of Burial in Post-Apartheid South Africa Kerry Ward 191
15 Losing the Phenomenon: Time and Indeterminacy in the Practice of Anthrohistory Oana Mateescu 208
Part 3 Questioning Discipline
16 Anthrohistory and Phantom Limb Syndrome: Transdisciplinarity in a Disciplinary World Thomas C. Wolfe 225
17 On the Subject of Governance Anupama Rao Steven Pierce 240
18 Between Disciplines, After Modernity S. C. Humphreys 252
19 The Politics of Naming: Ethical Dilemmas and Disciplinary Divides in Anthropology and History Dorothy L. Hodgson 257
20 On the Importance of Having a Method, or What Does Archival Work on Soviet Atheism Have to Do with Ethnography of Post-Soviet Religion? Sonja Luehrmann 273
21 Wanderings beyond Codification and Desire Setrag Manoukian 286
22 Pieces for Anthrohistory: A Puzzle to Be Assembled Together Fernando Coronil 301
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