Anthropology as Cultural Critique: An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences

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University of Chicago Press, 1999 - Social Science - 194 pages
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Using cultural anthropology to analyze debates that reverberate throughout the human sciences, George E. Marcus and Michael M. J. Fischer look closely at cultural anthropology's past accomplishments, its current predicaments, its future direction, and the insights it has to offer other fields of study. The result is a provocative work that is important for scholars interested in a critical approach to social science, art, literature, and history, as well as anthropology. This second edition considers new challenges to the field which have arisen since the book's original publication.
 

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The authors of this book try to articulate clearly what many anthropologists only imply obliquely: that good anthropological studies provide opportunities for social critique. The author's discuss ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
A Crisis of Representation in the Human Sciences
7
Ethnography and Interpretive Anthropology
17
Conveying Other Cultural Experience The Person Self and Emotions
45
Taking Account of World Historical Political Economy Knowable Communities in Larger Systems
77
The Repatriation of Anthropology as Cultural Critique
111
Two Contemporary Techniques of Cultural Critique in Anthropology
137
A Concluding Note
165
Notes
169
References
179
Index
191
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George E. Marcus is professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at Rice University.

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