Transcendent Individual: Essays Toward a Literary and Liberal Anthropology / Edition 1

Transcendent Individual: Essays Toward a Literary and Liberal Anthropology / Edition 1

by Nigel Rapport
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415169674

ISBN-13: 9780415169677

Pub. Date: 12/11/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Transcendent Individual argues for a reappraisal of the place of the individual in anthropolgical theory and ethnographic writing. A wealth of voices illustrate and inform the text, showing ways in which individuals creatively 'write', narrate and animate cultural and social life. This is an anthropology imbued with a liberal morality which is willing to

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Transcendent Individual argues for a reappraisal of the place of the individual in anthropolgical theory and ethnographic writing. A wealth of voices illustrate and inform the text, showing ways in which individuals creatively 'write', narrate and animate cultural and social life. This is an anthropology imbued with a liberal morality which is willing to make value judgements over and against culture in favour of individuality.
Rapport draws widely on ethnographic and theoretic materials bringing into the debate a range of voices, among them Nietzsche, Wilde, George Steiner, Richard Rorty, John Berger and Anthony Cohen. In doing so he approaches individuality in terms of a range of issues: biological integrity, consciousness, agency, democracy, discourse, globalism, knowledge and play.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415169677
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/11/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Manifesto: Towards a liberal and literary appreciation of the conscious and creative individual1
1Writing Individual Knowledge and Personal Relations: Eschewing the paths to impersonalisation12
2'Going Meta': Structure and creativity30
3Individual Narratives: 'Writing' as a mode of thought which gives meaning to experience43
4Movement and Identity: Narrations of 'home' in a world in motion64
5"Surely Everything Has Already Been Said About Malinowski's Diary!"80
6Writing Fieldnotes: On the conventionalities of note-taking and taking note, local and academic93
7Domino Worlds: At home on the dominoes-table in Wanet106
8Hard-sell or Mumbling "Right" Rudely: The hold of conversation: the power of discursive surfaces141
9Discourse and Creativity: Sheikh Alwan: Fathalla: Sid Askrig164
10Individual Morality: Between liberalism, anthropology and biology180
Bibliography202
Index215

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