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The essays in this volume, in all their astonishing richness and diversity, focus on the question of the other.Brimming with whole flotillas of new ideas, they delineate subtle and various ways in which that question can be made the basis of an ethnographic project.In them, the author responds to the invitations extended by a specific location rather than pursuing a codified method. And they examine many different socialities in many different locations-among them the Cornell University campus in the late seventies, the former Muse de l'Homme and the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, theIndonesian province of Aceh in the wake of the tsunami of 2004, and contemporary Indonesia, in the liminal figures of the Jew and the Chinese. The author meticulously traces how the social and cultural responses in each location are astonishingly different-in the form, say, of gorges, faces, garbage, and fetishes.Regrettably, these days anthropologists have a tendency to look for similarities rather than differences, to show how one phenomenon is just likeanother. This book stands determinedly against this trend, both in its ethnographic examinations and in how it takes up such figures as Kant, Derrida, Bataille, Simmel, and Leiris so as to illuminate not only the objects of ethnography but also differences among the perspectivesthese thinkers represent.This book will put the methods and objects of anthropology in an entirely new light. In addition, it will speak to the concerns of historians, political scientists, and scholars of area studies, literature, and art.
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Jim Siegel is one of the strongest thinkers in the discipline of anthropology. Academic careers have been made on the basis of one good idea. Each of these essays develops a whole flotilla of good ideas, while placing the methods and objects of anthropology in an entirely new light. An outstanding work.-Danilyn Rutherford

". . . Objects and Objections of Ethnography proves to be quite insightful into the philosophy of modern anthropology."-The Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823232741
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 1/3/2011
  • Edition description: 3
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

James T. Siegel is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Asian Studies at Cornell University. His most recent books are Naming the Witch; A New Criminal Type in Jakarta: Counter-Revolution Today; Fetish, Recognition, Revolution; and Solo in the New Order: Language and Hierarchy in an Indonesian City.

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Table of Contents

Invitation 1

1 Georg Simmel Reappears: "The Aesthetic Significance of the Face" 3

2 Academic Work: The View from Cornell 21

3 Kiblat and the Mediatic Jew 42

4 The Curse of the Photograph: Atjeh 1901 76

5 The Hypnotist 97

6 "Tout autre est tout autre" 116

Notes 155

Acknowledgments 177

Original Publication 179

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