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Anthropology As Cultural Critique: an Experimental Moment in the Human Sciencesby George E. Marcus
Synopses & Reviews
Using cultural anthropology to analyze debates that reverberate throughout the human sciences, George E. Marcus and Michael M. J. Fischer look closely at cultural anthropology's past accomplishments, its current predicaments, its future direction, and the insights it has to offer other fields of study. The result is a provocative work that is important for scholars interested in a critical approach to social science, art, literature, and history, as well as anthropology. This second edition considers new challenges to the field which have arisen since the book's original publication.
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Using cultural anthropology as an example of debates that reverberate throughout the human sciences, Marcus (anthropology, Rice U.) and Fischer (anthropology and science and technology studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) looks at the discipline's past accomplishments, its current predicaments, its future direction, and what it has to offer other fields. The second edition updates the challenges and issues since 1986.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.
About the Author
George E. Marcus is professor of political science at Williams College.
Table of Contents
1. A Crisis of Representation in the Human Sciences
2. Ethnography and Interpretive Anthropology
3. Conveying Other Cultural Experience: The Person, Self, and Emotions
4. Taking Account of World Historical Political Economy: Knowable Communities in Larger Systems
5. The Repatriation of Anthropology as Cultural Critique
6. Two Contemporary Techniques of Cultural Critique in Anthropology
A Concluding Note
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