Key Debates in Anthropology

Key Debates in Anthropology

by Tim Ingold
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415150191

ISBN-13: 9780415150194

Pub. Date: 12/06/1996

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Every year, leading social anthropologists meet in Manchester to debate a motion at the heart of current theoretical developments in their subject. Key Debates in Anthropology collects together the first six of these debates, spanning the period from 1988 to 1993. For each debate there are four principal speakers: one to propose the motion, another to oppose it, and…  See more details below

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Every year, leading social anthropologists meet in Manchester to debate a motion at the heart of current theoretical developments in their subject. Key Debates in Anthropology collects together the first six of these debates, spanning the period from 1988 to 1993. For each debate there are four principal speakers: one to propose the motion, another to oppose it, and two seconders. These debates give unprecedented insight into the process of anthropological theory in the making, as the many contributors both engage with each other's positions and respond to wider intellectual currents of the time. The first debate addresses the disciplinary character of social anthropology: can it be regarded as a science, and if so, is it able to establish general propositions about human culture and social life? The second examines the concept of society, in relation to such terms as individual, community, nation and state. In the third debate the spotlight is turned on the concept of culture, and on the role of culture in people's perception of their environments. The fourth debate focuses on the place of language in the formation of culture, highlighting the problematic distinction between verbal and non-verbal communication. The fifth takes up the question of how we view the past in relation to the present, touching on the difference between history and memory. Finally, in the sixth debate, the concern is with the cross-cultural applicability of the concept of aesthetics. Can there be an anthropology of aesthetics, or is the term so wedded to Western standards of evaluation as to make any such endeavour hopelessly ethnocentric?

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ISBN-13:
9780415150194
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/06/1996
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile:
1400L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

Preface
General Introduction1
1988 debate: Social anthropology is a generalizing science or it is nothing15
Pt. IThe presentations21
For the motion (1)21
Against the motion (1)26
For the motion (2)30
Against the motion (2)36
Pt. IIThe debate41
1989 debate: The concept of society is theoretically obsolete55
Pt. IThe presentations60
For the motion (1)60
Against the motion (1)67
For the motion (2)72
Against the motion (2)76
Pt. IIThe debate83
1990 debate: Human worlds are culturally constructed99
Pt. IThe presentations105
For the motion (1)105
Against the motion (1)112
For the motion (2)118
Against the motion (2)123
Pt. IIThe debate129
1991 debate: Language is the essence of culture147
Pt. IThe presentations154
For the motion (1)154
Against the motion (1)159
For the motion (2)166
Against the motion (2)171
Pt. IIThe debate176
1992 debate: The past is a foreign country199
Pt. IThe presentations206
For the motion (1)206
Against the motion (1)212
For the motion (2)218
Against the motion (2)224
Pt. IIThe debate229
1993 debate: Aesthetics is a cross-cultural category249
Pt. IThe presentations255
For the motion (1)255
Against the motion (1)260
For the motion (2)266
Against the motion (2)271
Pt. IIThe debate276
Index294

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