Exotics at Home: Anthropologies, Others, and American Modernity

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 3, 1998 - Social Science - 445 pages
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In this pathbreaking study, Micaela di Leonardo reveals the face of power within the mask of cultural difference. From the 1893 World's Fair to Body Shop advertisements, di Leonardo focuses on the intimate and shifting relations between popular portrayals of exotic Others and the practice of anthropology. In so doing, she casts new light on gender, race, and the public sphere in America's past and present.

"An impressive work of scholarship that is mordantly witty, passionately argued, and takes no prisoners."—Lesley Gill, News Politics

"[Micaela] di Leonardo eloquently argues for the importance of empirical, interdisciplinary social science in addressing the tragedy that is urban America at the end of the century."—Jonathan Spencer, Times Literary Supplement

"In her quirky new contribution to the American culture brawl, feminist anthropologist Micaela di Leonardo explains how anthropologists, 'technicians of the sacred,' have distorted American popular debate and social life."—Rachel Mattson, Voice Literary Supplement

"At the end of di Leonardo's analyses one is struck by her rare combination of rigor and passion. Simply, [she] is a marvelous iconoclast."—Matthew T. McGuire, Boston Book Review
  

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Contents

Storefront on Dempster Street
2
Storefront on Dempster Street
3
The White City Chicago Worlds Columbian Exposition 1893
5
Dahomean village Midway Plaisance 1893
7
Samoan village Midway Plaisance 1893
13
Anthropology and American Morality Plays
25
Storefront on North State Street Chicago
33
Crying Indian advertisement
37
Franz Boas
162
Margaret Mead with Samoan informant 1924
174
Cartoon from the New Yorker
182
Ruth Benedict 1924
185
The Dusky Maiden and the Postwar American Imperium
199
Cartoon from the New Yorker
207
Brain Boy comic book
228
Kikuyu man and doubledecker bus Nairobi
234

Cartoon from the New Yorker
58
Cartoon by Gary Larson
59
Cartoon from the New Yorker
64
The Three Bears The Great Goddess and the American
79
Employment Chart of the Central Tube Company Pittsburgh 1925
86
Singhalese lady Midway Plaisance 1893
111
Cartoon by Gary Larson
143
The American Pragmatics
145
Gender Revanchism
263
A Bushman leader of the 1890s
289
Bushmen captured by protectorate police
290
Place Modernity and
314
Storefront on Dempster Street
315
Notes
369
Index
439
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About the author (1998)

Micaela di Leonardo is Professor of Anthropology, Gender Studies, and Performance Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of "The Varieties of Ethnic Experience: Kinship, Class, and Gender in Northern California" and "Exotics at Home: Anthropologies, Others, American Modernity " and the coeditor of"The Gender/Sexuality Reader.

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