Exotic No More: Anthropology on the Front Lines / Edition 1

Exotic No More: Anthropology on the Front Lines / Edition 1

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by Jeremy MacClancy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226500136

ISBN-13: 9780226500133

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Since its founding in the nineteenth century, social anthropology has been seen as the study of exotic peoples in faraway places. But today more and more anthropologists are dedicating themselves not just to observing but to understanding and helping solve social problems wherever they occur—in international aid organizations, British TV studios, American

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Since its founding in the nineteenth century, social anthropology has been seen as the study of exotic peoples in faraway places. But today more and more anthropologists are dedicating themselves not just to observing but to understanding and helping solve social problems wherever they occur—in international aid organizations, British TV studios, American hospitals, or racist enclaves in Eastern Europe, for example.

In Exotic No More, an initiative of the Royal Anthropological Institute, some of today's most respected anthropologists demonstrate, in clear, unpretentious prose, the tremendous contributions that anthropology can make to contemporary society. They cover issues ranging from fundamentalism to forced migration, child labor to crack dealing, human rights to hunger, ethnicity to environmentalism, intellectual property rights to international capitalisms. But Exotic No More is more than a litany of gloom and doom; the essays also explore topics usually associated with leisure or "high" culture, including the media, visual arts, tourism, and music. Each author uses specific examples from their fieldwork to illustrate their discussions, and 62 photographs enliven the text.

Throughout the book, the contributors highlight anthropology's commitment to taking people seriously on their own terms, paying close attention to what they are saying and doing, and trying to understand how they see the world and why. Sometimes this bottom-up perspective makes the strange familiar, but it can also make the familiar strange, exposing the cultural basis of seemingly "natural" behaviors and challenging us to rethink some of our most cherished ideas—about gender, "free" markets, "race," and "refugees," among many others.

Contributors:
William O. Beeman
Philippe Bourgois
John Chernoff
E. Valentine Daniel
Alex de Waal
Judith Ennew
James Fairhead
Sarah Franklin
Michael Gilsenan
Faye Ginsburg
Alma Gottlieb
Christopher Hann
Faye V. Harrison
Richard Jenkins
Melissa Leach
Margaret Lock
Jeremy MacClancy
Jonathan Mazower
Ellen Messer
A. David Napier
Nancy Scheper-Hughes
Jane Schneider
Parker Shipton
Christopher B. Steiner

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226500133
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
460,610
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Taking People Seriously
Jeremy MacClancy

1. Understanding Inner-City Poverty: Resistance and Self-Destruction under U.S. Apartheid
Philippe Bourgois

2. Min(d)ing the Body: On the Trail of Organ-Stealing Rumors
Nancy Scheper-Hughes

3. World Markets: Anthropological Perspectives
Jane Schneider

4. Political Ideologies: Socialism and Its Discontents
Chris Hann

5. On Conflict and Violence
Michael Gilsenan

6. Imagined but Not Imaginary: Ethnicity and Nationalism in the Modern World
Richard Jenkins

7. Fighting the Good Fight: Fundamentalism and Religious Revival
William O. Beeman

8. Unraveling "Race" for the Twenty-First Century
Faye V. Harrison

9. Interpreting Gender and Sexuality: Approaches from Cultural Anthropology
Alma Gottlieb

10. Medical Knowledge and Body Politics
Margaret Lock

11. Anthropology, Culture, and Environment
Melissa Leach and James Fairhead

12. Hunger in Africa: Untangling Its Human Roots
Ellen Messer and Parker Shipton

13. Anthropology and the Aid Encounter
Alex de Waal

14. The Refugee: A Discourse on Displacement
E. Valentine Daniel

15. Our Own Way: On Anthropology and Intellectual Property
A. David Napier

16. Anthropologists in a World with and without Human Rights
Ellen Messer

17. Future Generations and Global Standards: Children's Rights at the Start of the Millennium
Judith Ennew

18. The Anthropology of Science
Sarah Franklin

19. Fieldwork at the Movies: Anthropology and Media
Faye Ginsburg

20. Ideas of Culture and the Challenge of Music
John Chernoff

21. Art/Anthropology/Museums: Revulsions and Revolutions
Christopher B. Steiner

22. Paradise Postponed: The Predicaments of Tourism
Jeremy MacClancy

23. Survival International
Jonathan Mazower

Contributors

Index

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This collection of cutting-edge essays tells it like it is. It shows why everyone is imitating and rediscovering anthropology today from other disciplines. Buy this, read it, and see why anthropology is the most effective way to investigate so many problems in modern life.