Anthropology and Egalitarianism: Ethnographic Encounters from Monticello to Guinea-Bissau

Anthropology and Egalitarianism: Ethnographic Encounters from Monticello to Guinea-Bissau

by Eric Gable


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Anthropology and Egalitarianism is an artful and accessible introduction to key themes in cultural anthropology. Writing in a deeply personal style and using material from his fieldwork in three dramatically different locales — Indonesia, West Africa, and Monticello, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson — Eric Gable shows why the ethnographic encounter is the core of the discipline's method and the basis of its unique contribution to understanding the human condition. Gable weaves together vignettes from the field and discussion of major works as he explores the development of the idea of culture through the experience of cultural contrast, anthropology's fraught relationship to racism and colonialism, and other enduring themes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253355768
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 11/12/2010
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Eric Gable teaches anthropology at the University of Mary Washington. He is author (with Richard Handler) of The New History in an Old Museum: Creating the Past at Colonial Williamsburg.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Culture by Contrast and Theory in Anthropology 1

1 Supping with Savages 15

2 Standing in a Line 35

3 Jefferson's Ardor 57

4 The Colonialist's Dress Code 80

5 Taking Pictures in the Field, or the Anthropologist's Dress Code 97

6 Beyond Belief 127

7 The Sex Life of Savages 157

Conclusion: Tending to Nature, Tending to Culture; or, Is Anthropology History? 184

Notes on Sources 211

References 219

Index 225

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co-author of A History of Anthropological Theory - Liam D. Murphy

Among the most eloquent and deeply reflexive works I have read in some time. . . . Accessible, conversational, and at times disarmingly colloquial, it is precisely the kind of work that should be taught at the undergraduate level.

author of The Power of the Between: An Anthropological Odyssey - Paul Stoller

A major work of scholarship, with the potential to become a classic work of anthropology that will be read and debated for years to come.

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