Between One and One Another

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University of California Press, Jan 4, 2012 - Philosophy - 221 pages
Michael Jackson extends his path-breaking work in existential anthropology by focusing on the interplay between two modes of human existence: that of participating in other peoples’ lives and that of turning inward to one’s self. Grounding his discussion in the subtle shifts between being acted upon and taking action, Jackson shows how the historical complexities and particularities found in human interactions reveal the dilemmas, conflicts, cares, and concerns that shape all of our lives. Through portraits of individuals encountered in the course of his travels, including friends and family, and anthropological fieldwork pursued over many years in such places as Sierra Leone and Australia, Jackson explores variations on this theme. As he describes the ways we address and negotiate the vexed relationships between “I” and “we”—the one and the many—he is also led to consider the place of thought in human life.
 

Contents

Preamble
1
The Philosopher Who Would Not Be King
22
Hermit in the Water of Life
33
Writing Workshop
59
How Much Home Does a Person Need?
69
Clearings in the Bush
79
The Gulf of Corinth
94
Its Other People Who Are My Old
110
Yonder
141
Reading Siddhartha to Freya at Forest Lake
156
On the Work and Writing of Ethnography
167
Acknowledgments
189
Notes
191
Index
215
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216
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217

Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear
116
Am an Other
131

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About the author (2012)

Michael Jackson is Distinguished Visiting Professor of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. His many anthropological books include Existential Anthropology and The Palm at the End of the Mind.