Off Stage/On Display: Intimacy and Ethnography in the Age of Public Culture / Edition 1

Off Stage/On Display: Intimacy and Ethnography in the Age of Public Culture / Edition 1

by Andrew Shryock
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Stanford University Press

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Off Stage/On Display: Intimacy and Ethnography in the Age of Public Culture / Edition 1

Why are public identities so predictably, and often so radically, different from identities that flourish in realms of collective intimacy? Why does belonging to a group, knowing about it, or displaying its qualities to others require that certain aspects of identification be denied—not because they are false or stereotypical, but because they are thought to be accurate and indispensable signs of membership?
In Off Stage/On Display, ten scholars with diverse geographical, theoretical, and topical interests take a close, critical look at the vexed relationship between public identities and the intimate spheres in which they are made. They ask how scholars and activists can engage more creatively with problems encountered on this awkward terrain, which is now global both in location and political significance. Their answers, careful and suggestive, point to more effective strategies for representing aspects of identification that cannot be easily shown or, in an age of mass mediation, easily concealed.

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ISBN-13: 9780804750073
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 08/18/2004
Edition description: 1
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
1.Other Conscious/Self Aware: First Thoughts on Cultural Intimacy and Mass Mediation3
Part 1Staging and Screening
2.Striking Samburu and a Mad Cow: Adventures in Anthropollywood31
3.Egyptian Cinema On Stage and Off69
Part 2Exhibitionism
4.Wedded to the Republic: Public Intellectuals and Intimacy-Oriented Publics in Turkey101
5.Intimacy and Hegemony in the New Europe: The Politics of Culture at Seville's Universal Exposition131
Part 3Sex, Food, and Spirits
6.Sexual Secrets: Candomble, Brazil, and the Multiple Intimacies of the African Diaspora157
7."X Marks the Future of Brazil": Protestant Ethics and Bedeviling Mixtures in a Brazilian Cultural Heritage Center191
Part 4Fault Lines
8.Intimacy and Corruption in Thailand's Age of Transparency225
9.Monolithic Intentionality, Belonging, and the Production of State Paranoia: A View Through Stasi onto the Late GDR244
Part 5Overly Familiar
10.In the Double Remoteness of Arab Detroit: Reflections on Ethnography, Culture Work, and the Intimate Disciplines of Americanization279
11.Intimating Culture: Local Contexts and International Power317

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