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The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art / Edition 1
     

The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art / Edition 1

by James Clifford
 

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ISBN-10: 0674698436

ISBN-13: 9780674698437

Pub. Date: 05/28/1988

Publisher: Harvard


The Predicament of Culture is a critical ethnography of the West in its changing relations with other societies. Analyzing cultural practices such as anthropology, travel writing, collecting, and museum displays of tribal art, Clifford shows authoritative accounts of other ways of life to be contingent fictions, now actively contested in postcolonial

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The Predicament of Culture is a critical ethnography of the West in its changing relations with other societies. Analyzing cultural practices such as anthropology, travel writing, collecting, and museum displays of tribal art, Clifford shows authoritative accounts of other ways of life to be contingent fictions, now actively contested in postcolonial contexts. His critique raises questions of global significance: Who has the authority to speak for any group's identity and authenticity? What are the essential elements and boundaries of a culture? How do self and "the other" clash in the encounters of ethnography, travel, and modern interethnic relations? In discussions of ethnography, surrealism, museums, and emergent tribal arts, Clifford probes the late-twentieth century predicament of living simultaneously within, between, and after culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674698437
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
05/28/1988
Pages:
398
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Pure Products Go Crazy

Part One: Discourses

1. On Ethnographic Authority

2. Power and Dialogue in Ethnography: Marcel Griaule's Initiation

3. On Ethnographic Self-Fashioning: Conrad and Malinowski

Part Two: Displacements

4. On Ethnographic Surrealism

5. A Poetics of Displacement: Victor Segalen

6. Tell about Your Trip: Michel Leiris

7. A Politics of Neologism: Aimé Césaire

8. The Jardin des Plantes: Postcards

Part Three: Collections

9. Histories of the Tribal and the Modern

10. On Collecting Art and Culture

Part Four: Histories

11. On Orientalism

12. Identity in Mashpee

References

Sources

Index

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