From the Margins: Historical Anthropology and Its Futures

From the Margins: Historical Anthropology and Its Futures

by Brian Keith Axel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822328887

ISBN-13: 9780822328889

Pub. Date: 06/07/2002

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Historical anthropology: critical exchange between two decidedly distinct disciplines or innovative mode of knowledge production? As this volume’s title suggests, the essays Brian Keith Axel has gathered in From the Margins seek to challenge the limits of discrete disciplinary epistemologies and conventions, gesturing instead toward a

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Historical anthropology: critical exchange between two decidedly distinct disciplines or innovative mode of knowledge production? As this volume’s title suggests, the essays Brian Keith Axel has gathered in From the Margins seek to challenge the limits of discrete disciplinary epistemologies and conventions, gesturing instead toward a transdisciplinary understanding of the emerging relations between archive and field.
In original articles encompassing a wide range of geographic and temporal locations, eminent scholars contest some of the primary preconceptions of their fields. The contributors tackle such topics as the paradoxical nature of American Civil War monuments, the figure of the “New Christian” in early seventeenth-century Peru, the implications of statistics for ethnography, and contemporary South Africa's “occult economies.” That anthropology and history have their provenance in—and have been complicit with—colonial formations is perhaps commonplace knowledge. But what is rarely examined is the specific manner in which colonial processes imbue and threaten the celebratory ideals of postcolonial reason or the enlightenment of today’s liberal practices in the social sciences and humanities.
By elaborating this critique, From the Margins offers diverse and powerful models that explore the intersections of historically specific local practices with processes of a world historical order. As such, the collection will not only prove valuable reading for anthropologists and historians, but also for scholars in colonial, postcolonial, and globalization studies.

Contributors.
Talal Asad, Brian Keith Axel, Bernard S. Cohn, Jean Comaroff, John L. Comaroff, Nicholas B. Dirks, Irene Silverblatt, Paul A. Silverstein, Teri Silvio, Ann Laura Stoler, Michel-Rolph Trouillot

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822328889
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
06/07/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction: Historical Anthropology and Its Vicissitudes / Brian Keith Axel 1

Part 1 Ethnography and the Archive

Annals of the Archive: Ethnographic Notes on the Sources of History / Nicholas B. Dirks 47

Ethnographic Representation, Statistics, and Modern Power / Talal Asad 66

Part 2 Colonial Anxieties

New Christians and New world Fears in Seventeenth-Century Peru / Irene Silverblatt 95

The Kabyle Myth: Colonization and the Production of Ethnicity / Paul A. Silverstein 122

Developing Historical Negatives: Race and the (Modernist) Visions of a Colonial State / Ann Laura Stoler 156

Part 3 Marginal Contexts

Culture on the Edges: Caribbean Creolization in Historical Context / Michel-Rolph Trouillot 189

Race, Gender, and Historical Narrative in the Reconstruction of a Nation: Remembering and Forgetting the American Civil War / Bernard S. Cohn and Teri Silvio 211

Part 4 Archaeologies of the Fantastic

Fantastic Community / Brian Keith Axel 233

Occult Economies and the Violence of Abstraction: Notes from the South African Postcolony / John L. Comaroff and Jean Comaroff 267

Contributors 303

Index 305

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