Transcendent Individual: Essays Toward a Literary and Liberal Anthropology

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415169660
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/11/1997
  • Pages: 232
  • Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Manifesto: Towards a liberal and literary appreciation of the conscious and creative individual 1
1 Writing Individual Knowledge and Personal Relations: Eschewing the paths to impersonalisation 12
2 'Going Meta': Structure and creativity 30
3 Individual Narratives: 'Writing' as a mode of thought which gives meaning to experience 43
4 Movement and Identity: Narrations of 'home' in a world in motion 64
5 "Surely Everything Has Already Been Said About Malinowski's Diary!" 80
6 Writing Fieldnotes: On the conventionalities of note-taking and taking note, local and academic 93
7 Domino Worlds: At home on the dominoes-table in Wanet 106
8 Hard-sell or Mumbling "Right" Rudely: The hold of conversation: the power of discursive surfaces 141
9 Discourse and Creativity: Sheikh Alwan: Fathalla: Sid Askrig 164
10 Individual Morality: Between liberalism, anthropology and biology 180
Bibliography 202
Index 215
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