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Ethnography and the Historical Imagination (Studies in the Ethnographic Imagination)

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Over the years John and Jean Comaroff have broadened the study of culture and society with their reflections on power and meaning. In their work on Africa and colonialism they have explored some of the fundamental questions of social science, delving into the nature of history and human agency, culture and consciousness, ritual and representation. How are human differences constructed and institutionalized, transformed and (sometimes) effaced, empowered and (sometimes) resisted? How do local cultures articulate with global forms? How is the power of some people over others built, sustained, eroded, and negated? How does the social imagination take shape in novel yet collectively meaningful ways?Addressing these questions, the essays in this volume—several never before published—work toward an “imaginative sociology,” demonstrating the techniques by which social science may capture the contexts that human beings construct and inhabit. In the introduction, the authors offer their most complete statement to date on the nature of historical anthropology. Standing apart from the traditional disciplines of social history and modernist social science, their work is dedicated to discovering how human worlds are made and signified, forgotten and remade.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 297-326) and index.

About the Author

John Comaroff is professor of anthropology and sociology at the University of Chicago, where Jean Comaroff is professor of anthropology.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813313054
Author:
Comaroff, Jean
Author:
Comaroff, John
Author:
Comaroff, John & Jean
Author:
Comaroff, John and Jean
Publisher:
Westview Press
Location:
Boulder :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Methodology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Ethnology -- Methodology.
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Ethnology -- Philosophy.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Studies in the Ethnographic Imagination
Series Volume:
9311
Publication Date:
19920720
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 16.2 oz

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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