Ethnography in Unstable Places: Everyday Lives in Contexts of Dramatic Political Change / Edition 1

Ethnography in Unstable Places: Everyday Lives in Contexts of Dramatic Political Change / Edition 1

by Elizabeth Mertz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822328488

ISBN-13: 9780822328483

Pub. Date: 03/13/2002

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Ethnography in Unstable Places is a collection of ethnographic accounts of everyday situations in places undergoing dramatic political transformation. Offering vivid case studies that range from the Middle East and Africa to Europe, Russia, and Southeast Asia, the contributing anthropologists narrate particular circumstances of social and political

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Ethnography in Unstable Places is a collection of ethnographic accounts of everyday situations in places undergoing dramatic political transformation. Offering vivid case studies that range from the Middle East and Africa to Europe, Russia, and Southeast Asia, the contributing anthropologists narrate particular circumstances of social and political transformation—in contexts of colonialism, war and its aftermath, social movements, and post–Cold War climates—from the standpoints of ordinary people caught up in and having to cope with the collapse or reconfiguration of the states in which they live.
Using grounded ethnographic detail to explore the challenges to the anthropological imagination that are posed by modern uncertainties, the contributors confront the ambiguities and paradoxes that exist across the spectrum of human cultures and geographies. The collection is framed by introductory and concluding chapters that highlight different dimensions of the book’s interrelated themes—agency and ethnographic reflexivity, identity and ethics, and the inseparability of political economy and interpretivism.
Ethnography in Unstable Places will interest students and specialists in social anthropology, sociology, political science, international relations, and cultural studies.

Contributors. Eve Darian-Smith, Howard J. De Nike, Elizabeth Faier, James M. Freeman, Robert T. Gordon, Carol J. Greenhouse, Nguyen Dinh Huu, Carroll McC. Lewin, Elizabeth Mertz, Philip C. Parnell, Nancy Ries, Judy Rosenthal, Kay B. Warren, Stacia E. Zabusky

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822328483
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
03/13/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Altered States, Altered Lives / Carol J. Greenhouse

Part One: Law against Culture

Ghettos in the Holocaust: The Improvisation of Social Order in a Culture of Terror / Carroll McC. Lewin

Unsettled Settlers: Internal Pacification and Vagrancy in Namibia / Robert J. Gordon

Judges without Courts: The Legal Culture of German Reunification / Howard J. De Nike

Part Two: Ethnographies of Agency in the Fissures of the State

Ethnography in/of Transnational Processes: Following Gyres in the Worlds of Big Science and European Integration / Stacia E. Zabusky

The Composite State: The Poor and the Nation in Manila / Phillip C. Parnell

Domestic Matters: Feminism and Activism Among Palestinian Women in Israel / Elizabeth Faier

“Best Interests” and the Repatriation of Vietnamese Unaccompanied Minors / James M. Freeman and Nguyen Dinh Huu

Part Three: Resistance and Remembrance

Beating the Bounds: Law, Identity, and Territory in the New Europe / Eve Darian-Smith

“Honest Bandits” and “Warped People”: Russian Narratives about Money, Corruption, and Moral Decay / Nancy Ries

Trance Against the State / Judy Rosenthal

Part Four: Conclusion

The Perfidy of Gaze and the Pain of Uncertainty: Anthropological Theory and the Search for Culture / Elizabeth Mertz

Toward in Anthropology of Fragments, Instabilities, and Incomplete Transitions / Kay B. Warren

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