America Observed: On an International Anthropology of the United States

America Observed: On an International Anthropology of the United States

by Virginia R. Dominguez, Jasmin Habib

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Overview

There is surprisingly little fieldwork done on the United States by anthropologists from abroad. America Observed fills that gap by bringing into greater focus empirical as well as theoretical implications of this phenomenon. Edited by Virginia Dominguez and Jasmin Habib, the essays collected here offer a critique of such an absence, exploring its likely reasons while also illustrating the advantages of studying fieldwork-based anthropological projects conducted by colleagues from outside the U.S. This volume contains an introduction written by the editors and fieldwork-based essays written by Helena Wulff, Jasmin Habib, Limor Darash, Ulf Hannerz, and Moshe Shokeid, and reflections on the broad issue written by Geoffrey White, Keiko Ikeda, and Jane Desmond.  Suitable for introductory and mid-level anthropology courses, America Observed will also be useful for American Studies courses both in the U.S. and elsewhere.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785333613
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 188
File size: 981 KB

About the Author

Jasmin Habib is Associate Professor teaching in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and the Global Governance Program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is the editor-in-chief of Anthropologica (the journal of the Canadian Anthropology Society) and editor of the Cultural Spaces book series with the University of Toronto Press.


Virginia R. Dominguez is Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Anthropology, Jewish Studies, Global Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the U.S.  She is a recent past president of the American Anthropological Association, recent past editor of American Ethnologist, and co-founder of the International Forum for U.S. Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Can the US Be “Othered” Usefully? On an International Anthropology of the United States
Virginia R. Dominguez and Jasmin Habib

PART I: ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN? THE US AS FIELDSITE

Chapter 1. Manhattan as a Magnet: Place and Circulation among Young Swedes
Helena Wulff

Chapter 2. Is It Un-American to Be Critical of Israel? Criticism and Fear in the US Context
Jasmin Habib

Chapter 3. Biosecurity in the US: “The Scientific” and “the American” in Critical Perspective”
Limor Samimian-Darash

Chapter 4. American Theater State: Reflections on Political Culture
Ulf Hannerz

Chapter 5. Observing American Gay Organizations and Voluntary Associations: An Outsider’s Exposition
Moshe Shokeid

PART II: FROM THE INSIDE OUT? REFLECTIONS ON AN INTERNATIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE US

Chapter 6. Who Cares? Why It’s Odd and Why It’s Not?
Geoffrey White

Chapter 7. Power and the Trafficking of Scholarship in International American Studies
Keiko Ikeda

Afterword: The Sounds of Silence: Commissions, Omissions, and Particularity in the Global Anthropology of the United States
Jane C. Desmond

Index

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