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Predicament of Culture : Twentieth-century Ethnography, Literature, and Art (88 Edition)

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The Predicament of Culture is a critical ethnography of the West in its changing relations with other societies. Analyzing cultural practices such as anthropology, travel writing, collecting, and museum displays of tribal art, Clifford shows authoritative accounts of other ways of life to be contingent fictions, now actively contested in postcolonial contexts. His critique raises questions of global significance: Who has the authority to speak for any group's identity and authenticity? What are the essential elements and boundaries of a culture? How do self and "the other" clash in the encounters of ethnography, travel, and modern interethnic relations? In discussions of ethnography, surrealism, museums, and emergent tribal arts, Clifford probes the late-twentieth century predicament of living simultaneously within, between, and after culture.

About the Author

James Clifford is Professor Emeritus in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Pure Products Go Crazy

Part One: Discourses

1. On Ethnographic Authority

2. Power and Dialogue in Ethnography: Marcel Griaule's Initiation

3. On Ethnographic Self-Fashioning: Conrad and Malinowski

Part Two: Displacements

4. On Ethnographic Surrealism

5. A Poetics of Displacement: Victor Segalen

6. Tell about Your Trip: Michel Leiris

7. A Politics of Neologism: Aimé Césaire

8. The Jardin des Plantes: Postcards

Part Three: Collections

9. Histories of the Tribal and the Modern

10. On Collecting Art and Culture

Part Four: Histories

11. On Orientalism

12. Identity in Mashpee

References

Sources

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674698437
Author:
Clifford, James
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Art history
Subject:
Ethnology -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Ethnology -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Ethnologie
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
January 1988
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 halftones
Pages:
398
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 19 oz

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