Conceptualizing Iranian Anthropology

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During recent years, attempts have been made to move beyond the Eurocentric perspective that characterized the social sciences, especially anthropology, for over 150 years. A debate on the "anthropology of anthropology" was needed, one that would consider other forms of knowledge, modalities of writing, and political and intellectual practices. This volume undertakes that challenge: it is the result of discussions held at the first organized encounter between Iranian, American, and European anthropologists since the Iranian Revolution of 1979. It is considered an important first step in overcoming the dichotomy between "peripheral anthropologies" versus "central anthropologies." The contributors examine, from a critical perspective, the historical, cultural, and political field in which anthropological research emerged in Iran at the beginning of the twentieth century and in which it continues to develop today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845456269
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Shahnaz R. Nadjmabadi is a social anthropologist, who worked at UNESCO in Paris from 1977 to 1986. She is a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Department of Anthropology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universit├Ąt, Frankfurt/Main. Her research focuses on the interrelationships between the populations living in the Iranian coastal areas and their neighbours in the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf. She has published a number of articles on questions of identity, locality and the history of settlement in the province of Hormozgan (Persian Gulf).

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Table of Contents

Introduction Shahnaz R. Nadjmabadi Nadjmabadi, Shahnaz R. 1

Pt. I From Folklore to Anthropology: The Passage

1 The Contribution of Foreign Anthropologists to Iranology Ali A. Bulookbashi Bulookbashi, Ali A. 19

2 Storytelling as a Constituent of Popular Culture: Folk Narrative Research in Contemporary Iran Ulrich Marzolph Marzolph, Ulrich 30

3 Iranian Anthropology - Crossing Boundaries: Influences of Modernization, Social Transformation and Globalization Mary Elaine Hegland Hegland, Mary Elaine 43

Pt. II Voices From Within: Institutions and Professions

4 Anthropology in Postrevolutionary Iran Nematollah Fazeli Fazeli, Nematollah 75

5 Making and Remaking an Academic Tradition: Towards an Indigenous Anthropology in Iran Nasser Fakouhi Fakouhi, Nasser 87

6 Iranian Anthropologists Are Women Soheila Shahshahani Shahshahani, Soheila 116

Pt. III Anthropological Practice: Constraints and Possibilities

7 Applied Anthropology in Iran? Jean-Pierre Digard Digard, Jean-Pierre 135

8 Past Experiences and Future Perspectives of an Indigenous Anthropologist on Anthropological Work in Iran Mohammad Shahbazi Shahbazi, Mohammad 143

9 Anthropological Research in Iran Lois Beck Beck, Lois 157

10 Being from There: Dilemmas of a 'Native Anthropologist' Ziba Mir-Hosseini Mir-Hosseini, Ziba 180

Pt. IV Past and Present Perspectives: Challenging the Future

11 Usual Topics: Taboo Themes and New Objects in Iranian Anthropology Christian Bromberger Bromberger, Christian 195

12 Islamophobia and Malaise in Anthropology Fariba Adelkhah Adelkhah, Fariba 207

13 Personal Reflections on Anthropology of and in Iran Richard Tapper Tapper, Richard225

Select Bibliography 242

Notes on Contributors 261

Index 266

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