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Coyote Anthropology
     

Coyote Anthropology

by Roy Wagner
 

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ISBN-10: 0803210825

ISBN-13: 2900803210829

Pub. Date: 07/01/2010

Publisher: UNP - Nebraska


Coyote Anthropology shatters anthropology’s vaunted theories of practice and offers a radical and comprehensive alternative for the new century. Building on his seminal contributions to symbolic analysis, Roy Wagner repositions anthropology at the heart of the creation of meaning—in terms of what anthropology perceives, how it goes about

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Coyote Anthropology shatters anthropology’s vaunted theories of practice and offers a radical and comprehensive alternative for the new century. Building on his seminal contributions to symbolic analysis, Roy Wagner repositions anthropology at the heart of the creation of meaning—in terms of what anthropology perceives, how it goes about representing its subjects, and how it understands and legitimizes itself. Of particular concern is that meaning is comprehended and created through a complex and continually unfolding process predicated on what is not there—the unspoken, the unheard, the unknown—as much as on what is there. Such powerful absences, described by Wagner as “anti-twins,” are crucial for the invention of cultures and any discipline that proposes to study them.
 
As revealed through conversations between Wagner and Coyote, Wagner's anti-twin, a coyote anthropology should be as much concerned with absence as with presence if it is to depict accurately the dynamic and creative worlds of others. Furthermore, Wagner suggests that anthropologists not only be aware of what informs and conditions their discipline but also understand the range of necessary exclusions that permit anthropology to do what it does. Sly and enticing, probing and startling, Coyote Anthropology beckons anthropologists to draw closer to the center of all things, known and unknown.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900803210829
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Prologue

Acknowledgements

1. Tricking Magic: The Anthropology of Coyote

2. Expersonation: The Coyote of Anthropology

3. Obviation

4. The Book of Symmetries

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