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Anthropology with an Attitude: Critical Essays (Cultural Memory of the Present)

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This book collects published and unpublished work over the last dozen years by one of todays most distinguished and provocative anthropologists. Johannes Fabian is widely known outside of his discipline because his work so often overcomes traditional scholarly boundaries to bring fresh insight to central topics in philosophy, history, and cultural studies.

The first part of the book addresses questions of current critical concern: Does it still make sense to search for objectivity in ethnography? What do we gain when we invoke “context” in our interpretations? How does literacy change the work of the ethnographer, and what are the boundaries between ethnology and history? This part ends with a plea for recuperating negativity in our thinking about culture.

The second part extends the work of critique into the past by examining the beginning of modern ethnography in the exploration of Central Africa during the late nineteenth century: the justification of a scientific attitude, the collecting of ethnographic objects, the presentation of knowledge in narration, and the role of recognition—given or denied—in encounters with Africans. A final essay examines how the Congolese have returned the “imperial gaze” of Belgium by the work of critical memory in popular history. The ten chapters are framed by two meditations on the relevance of theory and the irrelevance of the millennium.

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A collection of 11 published and unpublished essays by Fabian (cultural anthropology, U. of Amsterdam) in which he demonstrates the practice of what he calls an "attitude of critical intent" that he believes should run through all anthropology, rather than being relegated to a subdiscipline. He applies his critical attitude to a number of theoretical issues, including the role of misunderstandings in ethnographies, the subject of reading as a mode of ethnography, the role of collecting in the emergence of professional ethnography, and the interactions between memory and alterity (otherness).
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Synopsis:

This book collects published and unpublished work over the last dozen years by one of today's most distinguished and provocative anthopologists. Johannes Fabian is widely known outside of his discipline because his work so often overcomes traditional scholarly boundaries to bring fresh insight to central topics in philosophy, history, and cultural studies.

Synopsis:

This book collects published and unpublished work over the last dozen years by one of today's most distinguished and provocative anthropologists. Johannes Fabian is widely known outside of his discipline because his work so often overcomes traditional scholarly boundaries to bring fresh insight to central topics in philosophy, history, and cultural studies. The first part of the book addresses questions of current critical concern. The second part extends the work of critique into the past by examining the beginning of modern ethnography in the exploration of Central Africa during the late nineteenth century: the justification of a scientific attitude and the collecting of ethnographic objects. A final essay examines how the Congolese have returned the 'imperial gaze' of Belgium by the work of critical memory in popular history. The ten chapters are framed by two meditations on the relevance of theory and the irrelevance of the millennium.

Synopsis:

This book collects published and unpublished work by a distinguished and provocative anthropologist.

About the Author

Johannes Fabian is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. Of his many books, the most recent is Out of Our Minds: Reason and Madness in the Exploration of Central Africa.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804741439
Author:
Fabian, Johannes
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Author:
Bal, Mieke
Author:
de Vries, Hent
Author:
Vries, Hent De
Location:
Stanford, Calif.
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Anthropology -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Anthropology -- Methodology.
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Cultural memory in the present
Series Volume:
no. WQ-95-74.
Publication Date:
20021031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 in

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This book collects published and unpublished work over the last dozen years by one of today's most distinguished and provocative anthopologists. Johannes Fabian is widely known outside of his discipline because his work so often overcomes traditional scholarly boundaries to bring fresh insight to central topics in philosophy, history, and cultural studies.
"Synopsis" by , This book collects published and unpublished work over the last dozen years by one of today's most distinguished and provocative anthropologists. Johannes Fabian is widely known outside of his discipline because his work so often overcomes traditional scholarly boundaries to bring fresh insight to central topics in philosophy, history, and cultural studies. The first part of the book addresses questions of current critical concern. The second part extends the work of critique into the past by examining the beginning of modern ethnography in the exploration of Central Africa during the late nineteenth century: the justification of a scientific attitude and the collecting of ethnographic objects. A final essay examines how the Congolese have returned the 'imperial gaze' of Belgium by the work of critical memory in popular history. The ten chapters are framed by two meditations on the relevance of theory and the irrelevance of the millennium.
"Synopsis" by , This book collects published and unpublished work by a distinguished and provocative anthropologist.
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