Exotic No More: Anthropology on the Front Lines

Exotic No More: Anthropology on the Front Lines

by Jeremy MacClancy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226500128

ISBN-13: 9780226500126

Pub. Date: 07/28/2002

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 to addressing matters of public concern and to understanding and helping solve social problems wherever they occur-in international aid organizations, British TV studios,

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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 to addressing matters of public concern and 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.

Covering issues ranging from fundamentalism to forced migration, child labor to crack dealing, and visual arts to tourism, 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. In 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"-the essays here demonstrate the vitality of anthropology for today's world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226500126
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Taking People Seriously1
1Understanding Inner-City Poverty: Resistance and Self-Destruction under U.S. Apartheid15
2Min(d)ing the Body: On the Trail of Organ-Stealing Rumors33
3World Markets: Anthropological Perspectives64
4Political Ideologies: Socialism and Its Discontents86
5On Conflict and Violence99
6Imagined but Not Imaginary: Ethnicity and Nationalism in the Modern World114
7Fighting the Good Fight: Fundamentalism and Religious Revival129
8Unraveling "Race" for the Twenty-First Century145
9Interpreting Gender and Sexuality: Approaches from Cultural Anthropology167
10Medical Knowledge and Body Politics190
11Anthropology, Culture, and Environment209
12Hunger in Africa: Untangling Its Human Roots227
13Anthropology and the Aid Encounter251
14The Refugee: A Discourse on Displacement270
15Our Own Way: On Anthropology and Intellectual Property287
16Anthropologists in a World with and without Human Rights319
17Future Generations Global Standards: Children's Rights at the Start of the Millennium338
18The Anthropology of Science351
19Fieldwork at the Movies: Anthropology and Media359
20Ideas of Culture and the Challenge of Music377
21Art/Anthropology/Museums: Revulsions and Revolutions399
22Paradise Postponed: The Predicaments of Tourism418
23Survival International430
Contributors433
Index439

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