Confronting the Present: Towards a Politically Engaged Anthropology

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Anthropologists study other people and worry about it. In the past this took the form of a professional desire to make our politics always somewhere else and to do with persons characterized as in some way different from ourselves. This book examines these concerns in light of the author's shift from the study of rather distant people to people and places closer to home - a trend to be found within the discipline as a whole. How should anthropology respond to this change, as it increasingly finds itself in ...
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Overview

Anthropologists study other people and worry about it. In the past this took the form of a professional desire to make our politics always somewhere else and to do with persons characterized as in some way different from ourselves. This book examines these concerns in light of the author's shift from the study of rather distant people to people and places closer to home - a trend to be found within the discipline as a whole. How should anthropology respond to this change, as it increasingly finds itself in stamping grounds where other disciplines are already well-entrenched? This timely book aims to initiate a dialogue not only with anthropologists, but also with those in related disciplines such as geography, economics, history and sociology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859732007
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Series: Global Issues Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction
Pt. I Selective Traditions 17
Ch. 1 Politically engaged social enquiry and images of society 19
Pt. II Cultural Differentiations 51
Ch. 2 The production of culture in local rebellion 53
Ch. 3 Secret agents, hidden meanings: domination and resistance re-examined 88
Pt. III Modernity and New Socio-Economic Forms 131
Ch. 4 Knowing their place: regional economies and the social construction of place in Western Europe 133
Ch. 5 Towards an ethnographic method for the study of 'informalized' regional economies in Western Europe 167
Pt. IV Disciplined Practices 193
Ch. 6 Overlapping collectivities: Local concern, state welfare and social membership 195
Ch. 7 The dialectics of history and will: The Janus face of hegemonic processes 228
References 271
Index 291
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