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Nuer Dilemmasby Sharon E Hutchinson
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Through the pioneering efforts of the famed British anthropologist E. E. Evans-Pritchard, the Nuer of southern Sudan have become one of anthropology's most celebrated case studies. Now Sharon Hutchinson combines fresh ethnographic evidence and contemporary theoretical perspectives to show not only what has happened to the Nuer since their 1930s encounters with Evans-Pritchard, but, more importantly, what is to be gained from a thoroughly historicized treatment of ethnographic materials. Hutchinson's work provides a vision for what anthropology has become in the 1990s.
Concentrating on Nuer perceptions, experiences, and evaluations of change, Hutchinson traces the historical conditions that have led contemporary men and women to reconsider fundamental aspects of their lives. She raises a number of important issues that Evans-Pritchard did not: How can we move beyond static structural models based on notions of cultural "boundedness," "homogeneity," and "order"? How have Nuer people been actively reshaping and reassessing local forms of power in light of dramatic economic shifts, religious proselytizing, civil war, and colonial and postcolonial rule?
Hutchinson has produced a rich ethnographic document that offers a new rhetorical strategy for writing ethnographies that is processual, dialogical, and reflexive all at once.
Book News Annotation:
The first of two volumes attempting to describe all existing Chaucer manuscripts, taking account of recent textual and linguistic scholarship. For nine early works and extracts from the Canterbury Tales first discusses what is known or surmised about the date and circumstances of composition an early readership. The known manuscripts of each are then described physically along with their contents, decoration, probable date and location, and known history of ownership. Indexed by manuscript and owner. The second volume focuses on the Canterbury Tales. Distributed in the US by Ashgate.
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"Not just a brilliant restudy of one of anthropology's most famous 'peoples' but an exemplary historical ethnography that will be a landmark in the discipline. . . . With extraordinary sensitivity Hutchinson reveals how the Nuer have confronted the most profound moral, social, and political dilemmas of their—and our—changing world."—Lila Abu-Lughod, author of Writing Women's Worlds
Includes bibliographical references (p. 363-381) and index.
About the Author
Sharon E. Hutchinson is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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