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Minima Ethnographica: Intersubjectivity and the Anthropological Project

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The postmodern opposition between theory and lived reality has led in part to an anthropological turn to "dialogic" or "reflexive" approaches. Michael Jackson claims these approaches are hardly radical as they still drift into such abstractions as "society" or "culture." His Minima Ethnographica proposes an existential anthropology that recognizes even abstract relationships as modalities of interpersonal life.

Written in the style of Theodor Adorno's Minima Moralia, Jackson's work shows how general ideas are always anchored in particular social events and critical concerns. Emphasizing the intersubjective encounter over objective descriptions of the whole historical and contemporary situation of a given people, he illustrates the power and originality of existential anthropology through a series of vignettes from his fieldwork in Sierra Leone and Australia. An award-winning poet, novelist, and anthropologist, Jackson offers a timely critique of conventions that dull our sense of the links between academic study and lived experience.

About the Author

Michael Jackson is the Distinguished Visiting Professor of World Religions at the Harvard Divinity School.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

The One and the Many

The Intersubjective Turn

Seven Types of Intersubjective Ambiguity

Vita Activa

Balance/Control

Life Stories

The Itinerary of an Idea

Playing with Reality

Writing Intersubjectivity

Borderlines

Distance Lends Enchantment

Penis Snatchers

Auctoritas

Chiasmus

Sacrifice

Fetish

Color Triad

Roads and Bridges

The Other Island

First Contact

The Women Who Became the Pleiades

Losing the Straight Way

Myths/Histories/Lives

Clearing the Ground

The Bag of Clothes

Ghosts

An Etiology of Storms

Jarramali Bajaku

Storying

Fugue

Where Thought Belongs

An Island in the Stream

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226389455
Author:
Jackson, Michael
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Ethnology -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Ethnology -- Field work.
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19980831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
249
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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