Mimesis and Alterity: A Particular History of the Senses

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Psychology Press, 1993 - Social Science - 299 pages
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In Mimesis and Alterity Taussig undertakes and eccentric history of the mimetic faculty. He moves easily from the nineteenth-century invention of mimetically capacious machines, such as the camera, backwards to the fable of colonial first contact' alleged mimetic prowess of primitives, ' and then forward to contemporary time, when the idea of alterity is increasingly unstable. Utilizing anthropological theory, Taussig blends Latin American ethnography and colonial history with the insights of Walter Benjamin, Adorno and Horkheimer. Vigorous and unorthodox, Taussig's understanding of mimesis in different cultures deepens our meaning of ethnography, racism and society.
  

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Contents

In Some Way or Another One Can Protect Oneself
1
From Evil Spirits by Portraying Them
12
Physiognomic Aspects of Visual Worlds
19
Spacing Out
33
The Magic of Mimesis
44
The Organization of Mimesis
59
With the Wind of World History in Our Sails
70
Spirit of the Mime Spirit of the Gift
88
Alterity
129
The Color of Alterity
144
The Search For the White Indian
162
The Magic of Western Gear
176
The Talking Machine
193
His Masters Voice
212
Reflection
236
Sympathetic Magic In A PostColonial Age
250

Invisible Counterparts
100
The Origin of the World
112

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About the author (1993)

Michael Taussig is the Class of 1933 Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University.

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