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Overview

Anthropology has traditionally relied on a spatially localized society or culture as its object of study. The essays in Culture, Power, Place demonstrate how in recent years this anthropological convention and its attendant assumptions about identity and cultural difference have undergone a series of important challenges. In light of increasing mass migration and the transnational cultural flows of a late capitalist, postcolonial world, the contributors to this volume examine shifts in anthropological thought regarding issues of identity, place, power, and resistance.

This collection of both new and well-known essays begins by critically exploring the concepts of locality and community; first, as they have had an impact on contemporary global understandings of displacement and mobility, and, second, as they have had a part in defining identity and subjectivity itself. With sites of discussion ranging from a democratic Spain to a Puerto Rican barrio in North Philadelphia, from Burundian Hutu refugees in Tanzania to Asian landscapes in rural California, from the silk factories of Hangzhou to the long-sought-after home of the Palestinians, these essays examine the interplay between changing schemes of categorization and the discourses of difference on which these concepts are based. The effect of the placeless mass media on our understanding of place-and the forces that make certain identities viable in the world and others not-are also discussed, as are the intertwining of place-making, identity, and resistance as they interact with the meaning and consumption of signs.

Contesting the classical idea of culture as the shared, the agreed upon, and the orderly, the contributors consider the complex and sometimes ironic political processes through which cultural forms are imposed, invented, reworked, and transformed. An important intervention in the discipline of anthropology, Culture, Power, Place will be read by students and scholars in the fields of anthropology, history, postcolonial and cultural studies, geography, sociology, and history.

Contributors. George E. Bisharat, John Borneman, Rosemary J. Coombe, Mary M. Crain, James Ferguson, Akhil Gupta, Kristin Koptiuch, Karen Leonard, Richard Maddox, Lisa H. Malkki, John Durham Peters, Lisa Rofel

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Culture, Power, Place is exciting, timely, and consequential. This fine book promises to be a contribution of real intellectual significance—and should attract a very large audience both within anthropology and in cultural studies and related fields. This is mature, provocative, well-grounded and imaginative scholarship of the highest quality.”—Don Brenneis, University of California, Santa Cruz

“This collection presses forward the agenda of rethinking the anthropological keywords of ‘culture’ and ‘society,’ and towards an expansion of flexible yet rigorous ways of understanding the shifting terms of cultural tradition and political economy in the contemporary world.”—Orin Starn, Duke University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822319405
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 361
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Akhil Gupta is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University. James Ferguson is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Culture, Power, Place: Ethnography at the End of an Era 1
Beyond "Culture": Space, Identity, and the Politics of Difference 33
National Geographic: The Rooting of Peoples and the Territorialization of National Identity among Scholars and Refugees 52
Seeing Bifocally: Media, Place, Culture 75
State, Territory, and National Identity Formation in the Two Berlins, 1945-1995 93
Finding One's Own Place: Asian Landscapes Re-visioned in Rural California 118
The Country and the City on the Copperbelt 137
Rethinking Modernity: Space and Factory Discipline in China 155
The Song of the Nonaligned World: Transnational Identities and the Reinscription of Space in Late Capitalism 179
Exile to Compatriot: Transformations in the Social Identity of Palestinian Refugees in the West Bank 203
Third-Worlding at Home 234
The Demonic Place of the "Not There": Trademark Rumors in the Postindustrial Imaginary 249
Bombs, Bikinis, and the Popes of Rock 'n' Roll: Reflections on Resistance, the Play of Subordinations, and Liberalism in Andalusia and Academia, 1983-1995 277
The Remaking of an Andalusian Pilgrimage Tradition: Debates Regarding Visual (Re)presentation and the Meanings of "Locality" in a Global Era 291
Works Cited 313
Index 347
Contributors 359
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