Demands of the Day: On the Logic of Anthropological Inquiry

Demands of the Day: On the Logic of Anthropological Inquiry

by Paul Rabinow
     
 

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ISBN-10: 022603691X

ISBN-13: 2900226036914

Pub. Date: 06/15/2013

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Demands of the Day asks about the logical standards and forms that should guide ethical and experimental anthropology in the twenty-first century. Anthropologists Paul Rabinow and Anthony Stavrianakis do so by taking up Max Weber’s notion of the “demands of the day.” Just as the demand of the day for anthropology decades ago consisted of

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Demands of the Day asks about the logical standards and forms that should guide ethical and experimental anthropology in the twenty-first century. Anthropologists Paul Rabinow and Anthony Stavrianakis do so by taking up Max Weber’s notion of the “demands of the day.” Just as the demand of the day for anthropology decades ago consisted of thinking about fieldwork, today, they argue, the demand is to examine what happens after, how the experiences of fieldwork are gathered, curated, narrated, and ultimately made available for an anthropological practice that moves beyond mere ethnographic description.
 
Rabinow and Stavrianakis draw on experiences from an innovative set of anthropological experiments that investigated how and whether the human and biological sciences could be brought into a mutually enriching relationship. Conceptualizing the anthropological and philosophic ramifications of these inquiries, they offer a bold challenge to contemporary anthropology to undertake a more rigorous examination of its own practices, blind spots, and capacities, in order to meet the demands of our day.

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ISBN-13:
2900226036914
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
06/15/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Collaborative Fieldwork 13

2 On Leaving the Field: Ausgangshaltung 31

3 Recuperate and Curate 47

4 On Publicity 61

5 Configurations of Actual Discordancy 81

Conclusion: Demands of the Day 97

Notes 113

Bibliography 123

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