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Celebrating Transgression: Method and Politics

Celebrating Transgression: Method and Politics

by Ursula Rao, John Hutnyk


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ISBN-13: 9781845450250
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/15/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Ursula Rao is Lecturer in Anthropology in the University of Halle, and is now involved in writing about the problem of fieldwork in dispersed and postmodern settings. She has also worked extensively in the field of Religious Anthropology and written Negotiating the Divine: Temple Religion and Temple Politics in Contemporary Urban India (2003, Manohar), Kommunalismus in Indien. Eine Darstellung der wissenschaftlichen Diskussion über Hindu-Muslim-Konflikte (2003) and co-editor of Im Rausch des Rituals: Gestaltung und Transformation der Wirklichkeit in körperlicher Performanz (2000), She has further edited a volume on the relevance of performance for cultural change: Kulturelle VerWandlungen. Die Gestaltung sozialer Welten in der Performanz (2005)

John Hutnyk is Reader in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has published three single-authored books and four edited collections on topics such as music and politics, representation and diaspora. His book The Rumour of Calcutta: Tourism, Charity and The Poverty of Representation (1996) was widely reviewed, as was his more recent efforts Critique of Exotica: Music, Politics and the Culture Industry (2000) and Bad Marxism: Cultural Studies and Capitalism (2004).

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Klaus Peter Köpping


Ursula Rao and John Hutnyk


Chapter 1. Reflexivity Unbound: Shifting Styles of Critical Self-awareness from the Malinowskian Scene of Fieldwork and Writing to the Emergence of Multi-sited Ethnography

George Marcus

Chapter 2. News from the Field: the Experience of Transgression and the Transformation of Knowledge during Research in an Expert-site

Ursula Rao

Chapter 3. Soiled Work and the Artefact

Howard Potter

Chapter 4. Transgression for Transcendence? On the Anthropologist’s (Dis)engagement in the Politics of Meaning

Kaori Sugishita

Chapter 5. Running Out of Tricks: the Experience of Ethnography and the Politics of Culturalism

Thomas Reuter


Chapter 6. Transcending Transgression with Transgression: Inheriting Forsaken Souls in Bali

Mary Ida Bagus

Chapter 7. The ‘Dance of Punishment’: Transgression and Punishment in an East Indian Ritual

Burkhard Schnepel

Chapter 8. Divine Play or Subversive Comedy? Reflections on Costuming and Gender at a Hindu Festival

Beatrix Hauser

Chapter 9. Between Meaning and Significance: Reflections on Ritual and Mimesis

Alexander Henn

Chapter 10. Animism on Stage: Tracing Anthropology’s Heritage in Contemporary African Dance in Europe

Nadine Sieveking

Chapter 11. Transgression and the Erotic

Vincent Crapanzano


Chapter 12. Michel Leiris: Master of Ethnographic Failure

Peter Phipps

Chapter 13. Boundary Confusion in Anthropology and Art: Pablo Picasso and Michel Leiris

Judith Weiss

Chapter 14. The Concatenation of Minds Klaus

Peter Buchheit

Chapter 15. Transgressions of Fieldwork/Filed Works: Method in the Madness

John Hutnyk

Notes on Contributors


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