Rereading Cultural Anthropology / Edition 1

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Overview

During its first six years (1986–1991), the journal Cultural Anthropology provided a unique forum for registering the lively traffic between anthropology and the emergent arena of cultural studies. The nineteen essays collected in Rereading Cultural Anthropology, all of which originally appeared in the journal, capture the range of approaches, internal critiques, and new questions that have characterized the study of anthropology in the 1980s, and which set the agenda for the present.
Drawing together work by both younger and well-established scholars, this volume reveals various influences in the remaking of traditions of ethnographic work in anthropology; feminist studies, poststructuralism, cultural critiques, and disciplinary challenges to established boundaries between the social sciences and humanities. Moving from critiques of anthropological representation and practices to modes of political awareness and experiments in writing, this collection offers systematic access to what is now understood to be a fundamental shift (still ongoing) in anthropology toward engagement with the broader interdisciplinary stream of cultural studies.

Contributors. Arjun Appadurai, Keith H. Basso, David B. Coplan, Vincent Crapanzano, Faye Ginsburg, George E. Marcus, Enrique Mayer, Fred Meyers, Alcida R. Ramos, John Russell, Orin Starn, Kathleen Stewart, Melford E. Spiro, Ted Swedenburg, Michael Taussig, Julie Taylor, Robert Thornton, Stephen A. Tyler, Geoffrey M. White

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822312970
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 375
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
I Critiques
On Being Out of Words 1
Tactility and Distraction 8
The Rhetoric of Ethnographic Holism 15
Putting Hierarchy in Its Place 34
Reflecting on the Yanomami: Ethnographic Images and the Pursuit of the Exotic 48
Occupational Hazards: Palestine Ethnography 69
The Politics of Remembering: Notes on a Pacific Conference 77
The Postmodern Crisis: Discourse, Parody, Memory 87
A Broad(er)side to the Canon, Being a Partial Account of a Year of Travel Among Textual Communities in the Realm of Humanities Centers, and Including a Collection of Artificial Curiosities 103
II Reaction
Cultural Relativism and the Future of Anthropology 124
III Witnessing
Missing the Revolution: Anthropologists and the War in Peru 152
Peru In Deep Trouble: Mario Vargas Llosa's "Inquest in the Andes" Reexamined 181
IV Poetics
"Speaking with Names": Language and Landscape Among the Western Apache 220
V What's Left, What's Emergent
Nostalgia - A Polemic 252
Fictions that Save: Migrants' Performance and Basotho National Culture 267
VI Circulations
Race and Reflexivity: The Black Other in Contemporary Japanese Mass Culture 296
Representing Culture: The Production of Discourse(s) for Aboriginal Acrylic Paintings 319
VII Media
Indigenous Media: Faustian Contract or Global Village? 356
VIII Experiment
Tango 377
Index 391
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