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In Anthropology and Social Theory the award-winning anthropologist Sherry B. Ortner draws on her longstanding interest in theories of cultural practice to rethink key concepts of culture, agency, and subjectivity for the social sciences of the twenty-first century. The seven theoretical and interpretive essays in this volume each advocate reconfiguring, rather than abandoning, the concept of culture. Similarly, they all suggest that a theory which depends on the interested action of social beings—specifically practice theory, associated especially with the work of Pierre Bourdieu—requires a more developed notion of human agency and a richer conception of human subjectivity. Ortner shows how social theory must both build upon and move beyond classic practice theory in order to understand the contemporary world.

Some of the essays reflect explicitly on theoretical concerns: the relationship between agency and power, the problematic quality of ethnographic studies of resistance, and the possibility of producing an anthropology of subjectivity. Others are ethnographic studies that apply Ortner’s theoretical framework. In these, she investigates aspects of social class, looking at the relationship between race and middle-class identity in the United States, the often invisible nature of class as a cultural identity and as an analytical category in social inquiry, and the role that public culture and media play in the creation of the class anxieties of Generation X. Written with Ortner’s characteristic lucidity, these essays constitute a major statement about the future of social theory from one of the leading anthropologists of our time.

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Essays on how a theory of "serious games”--as a way of conceiving of social and political power relations--can inform ethnographic research.

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The award-winning anthropologist Sherry B. Ortner draws on her longstanding interest in theories of cultural practice to rethink key concepts of culture, agency, and subjectivity.

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“An important and especially usable collection by one of the most influential essayists in anthropology, introduced by a lucid and original review of key concepts as they have been applied to the remarkable range of Sherry Ortner’s research achievements. Her response to recent challenges to the idea of culture is alone worth the price of the book.”—George Marcus, University of California, Irvine
“At once challenging and admirably accessible, these essays trace the thinking of one of anthropology’s most notable practitioners as she—and her discipline—wrestles with key conundrums facing the late-modern social sciences.”—Jean Comaroff, University of Chicago
“This is vintage Ortner. No one else writes anthropological theory so clear, so down-to-earth, or so accessible to non-anthropologists.”—William H. Sewell Jr., author of Logics of History: Social Theory and Social Transformation

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ISBN:
9780822338642
Author:
Ortner, Sherry B
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Ortner, Sherry B.
Author:
Ortner
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Sociology - Social Theory
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Social sciences -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Ethnology -- Philosophy.
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
John Hope Franklin Center Book
Publication Date:
20061131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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