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Memory against Culture: Arguments and Reminders
     

Memory against Culture: Arguments and Reminders

by Johannes Fabian
 

ISBN-10: 0822340771

ISBN-13: 9780822340775

Pub. Date: 11/05/2007

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In Memory against Culture, the renowned anthropologist Johannes Fabian assesses the contemporary practice of anthropology and its emerging shape as a global discipline. In twelve essays ranging from theoretical reflections to re-examinations of past ethnographic work, Fabian addresses central theoretical debates within the discipline and throughout the social sciences

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In Memory against Culture, the renowned anthropologist Johannes Fabian assesses the contemporary practice of anthropology and its emerging shape as a global discipline. In twelve essays ranging from theoretical reflections to re-examinations of past ethnographic work, Fabian addresses central theoretical debates within the discipline and throughout the social sciences-about language and time, history and memory, and ethnography and recognition. Together the essays illuminate Fabian's pluralist vision of an anthropology that always makes the other present by opening itself to conversational and transnational practices, refusing epistemological claims that privilege any one voice, language, or point of view.

Fabian returns to his landmark book Time and the Other to consider how the role of the other in anthropological inquiry has been transformed over the past two decades. He explores the place of linguistics in contemporary language-centered anthropology, and he ponders how studies of material culture imbue objects with " otherness." Meditating on the place of memory and forgetting in ethnography, he draws from his own ethnographic work in the Congo to ask why Africa, the site of so much early anthropological study, continues to be forgotten in the wake of colonization. Arguing for the importance of remembering Africa, Fabian focuses on the relationship between thought and memory in the Swahili language. In so doing, he suggests new methods for investigating memory practices across cultures. Turning to the practice of ethnography, he examines the role of the Internet and the place of field notes and other memoranda in ethnographic writing. At once wide-ranging and incisive, Memoryagainst Culture is a significant reflection on the state of the field by one of its most thoughtful and engaged practitioners.

About the Author:
Johannes Fabian is Professor Emeritus of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam and a member of the Amsterdam School of Social Research

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822340775
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
11/05/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Anthropology at Large
World Anthropologies?     3
The Other Revisited     17
Language, Time, Objects
Language and Time     33
If It Is Time-Can It Be Mapped?     43
On Recognizing Things     52
Forgetting and Remembering
Forgetting Africa     65
Forgetful Remembering     77
Memory and Counter-Memory     92
History, Memory, Remembering     106
Ethnography
Virtual Archives and Ethnographic Writing     121
Ethnography and Memory     132
Inquiry as Event     143
Notes     161
Bibliography     175
Index     187

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