America Observed: On an International Anthropology of the United States

America Observed: On an International Anthropology of the United States


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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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ISBN-13: 9781785334351
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/2016
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

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.

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Can the US Be "Othered" Usefully? On an International Anthropology of the United States Virginia R. Dominguez Jasmin Habib 1

Part I On the Outside Looking In? The US As Fieldsite

1 Manhattan as a Magnet: Place and Circulation among Young Swedes Helena Wulff 31

2 Is It Un-American to Be Critical of Israel? Criticism and Fear in the US Context Jasmin Habib 51

3 Biosecurity in the US: "The Scientific" and "the American" in Critical Perspective Limor Samimian-Darash 79

4 American Theater State: Reflections on Political Culture Ulf Hannerz 103

5 Observing US Gay Organizations and Voluntary Associations: An Outsider's Exposition Moshe Shokeid 120

Part II From the Inside Out? Reflections on an International Anthropology of the US

6 Who Cares? Why It's Odd and Why It's Not Geoffrey White 143

7 Power and Trafficking of Scholarship in International American Studies Keiko Ikeda 155

Afterword: The Sounds of Silence: Commissions, Omissions, and Particularity in the Global Anthropology of the United States Jane C. Desmond 164

Index 173

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