Mimesis and Alterity: A Particular History of the Senses / Edition 1

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Overview

In his most ambitious and accomplished work to date, Michael Taussig undertakes a history of mimesis, the practice of imitation, and its relation to alterity, the opposition of Self and Other. Drawing upon such diverse sources as theories of Benjamin, Adorno and Horckheimer, research on the Cuna Indians, and theories of colonialism and postcolonialism, Taussig shows that the history of mimesis is deeply tied to colonialism, and more specifically, to the colonial trade's construction of "savages." With analysis that is vigorous, unorthodox, and often breathtaking, Taussig's cross-cultural discussion of mimesis deepens our understanding of the relationship between ethnography, racism and society.
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Taussig draws on anthropological theory to expound on the evidence and implications of imitation (mimesis) and difference, or self and other (alterity). His study is farflung and unorthodox, blending Latin American ethnography and colonial history with the insights of Walter Benjamin, Adorno, and Horkheimer, reaching for deeper understanding of ethnography, racism, and society. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415906876
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,018,567
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
A Report to the Academy
1 In Some Way or Another One Can Protect Oneself From Evil Spirits by Portraying Them 1
2 Physiognomic Aspects of Visual Worlds 19
3 Spacing Out 33
4 The Golden Bough: The Magic of Mimesis 44
5 The Golden Army: The Organization of Mimesis 59
6 With the Wind of World History in Our Sails 70
7 Spirit of the Mime, Spirit of the Gift 88
8 Mimetic Worlds: Invisible Counterparts 100
9 The Origin of the World 112
10 Alterity 129
11 The Color of Alterity 144
12 The Search For the White Indian 162
13 America as Woman: The Magic of Western Gear 176
14 The Talking Machine 193
15 His Master's Voice 212
16 Reflection 236
17 Sympathetic Magic In A Post-Colonial Age 250
Notes 257
Bibliography 283
Index 291
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