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.
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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
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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.
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