Essays in Anthropology

Essays in Anthropology

Should we look to humanity's cultural achievements and the form of its social life?In this intriguing and provocative collection of essays, philosopher Robert Spaemann reacts against what he calls "scientistic" anthropology and ventures to ...

Author: Robert Spaemann

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781606088951

Category: Philosophy

Page: 120

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The question of the nature of humanity is one of the most complex of all philosophical and theological inquiries. Where might one look to find a decent answer to this question? Should we turn to an investigation of genetics and DNA for such answers? Should we look to the history of humanity's adaption and evolution? Should we look to humanity's cultural achievements and the form of its social life?In this intriguing and provocative collection of essays, philosopher Robert Spaemann reacts against what he calls "scientistic" anthropology and ventures to take up afresh the quaestio de homine, "the question of man." Spaemann contends that when it comes to the nagging question of what we truly are as human beings, understanding our chemical make-up or evolutionary past simply cannot give us the full picture. Instead, without doing away with the findings of modern evolutionary science, Spaemann offers successive treatments of human nature, human evolution, and human dignity, which paint a full and compelling picture of the meaning of human life. Crucial to any anthropology, he demonstrates, is our future as well as our past. And our relationship to God as well as to our next-door neighbor. All of these themes coalesce in a vital contribution to the question of what it means to be human.
Categories: Philosophy

Implicit Meanings

Implicit Meanings

essays. The contrast between explicit and implicit does not depend on speech.
Gestures can be explicit, very much so, and also ... When an anthropologist says
that a people deeply desire social harmony there has to be evidence given.

Author: Mary Douglas

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 041560673X

Category: Social Science

Page: 322

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Implicit Meanings was first published to great acclaim in 1975. It includes writings on the key themes which are associated with Mary Douglas' work and which have had a major influence on anthropological thought, such as food, pollution, risk, animals and myth. The papers in this text demonstrate the importance of seeking to understand beliefs and practices that are implicit and a priori within what might seem to be alien cultures.
Categories: Social Science

A Passion for Difference

A Passion for Difference

In this new book Henrietta Moore examines the limitations of the theoretical languages used by anthropologists and others to write about sex, gender, and sexuality.

Author: Henrietta L. Moore

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 025320951X

Category: Social Science

Page: 177

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In this new book Henrietta Moore examines the limitations of the theoretical languages used by anthropologists and others to write about sex, gender, and sexuality. Moore begins by discussing recent feminist debates on the body and the notion of the non-universal human subject. She then considers why anthropologists have contributed relatively little to these debates, suggesting that this reflects the history of anthropology's conceptualization of ""persons"" or ""selves"" cross-culturally. The author also pursues a series of related themes, including the links between gender, identity, and violence; the construction of domestic space and its relationship to bodily practices and the internalization of relations of difference; and the links between the gender of the anthropologist and the writing of anthropology. By developing a specific anthropological approach to feminist post-structuralist and psychoanalytic theory, Moore demonstrates anthropology's contribution to current debates in feminist theory.
Categories: Social Science

Implicit Meanings

Implicit Meanings

The papers in this text demonstrate the importance of seeking to understand beliefs and practices that are implicit and a priori within what might seem to be alien cultures.

Author: Professor Mary Douglas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134626885

Category: Social Science

Page: 342

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Implicit Meanings was first published to great acclaim in 1975. It includes writings on the key themes which are associated with Mary Douglas' work and which have had a major influence on anthropological thought, such as food, pollution, risk, animals and myth. The papers in this text demonstrate the importance of seeking to understand beliefs and practices that are implicit and a priori within what might seem to be alien cultures.
Categories: Social Science

Essays on the Anthropology of Reason

Essays on the Anthropology of Reason

What one finds in this volume is a sustained reflection on what it means to do fieldwork today in or on (post)modern societies.

Author: Paul Rabinow

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691011583

Category: Social Science

Page: 190

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Anthropologist Paul Rabinow focuses on the core of Western rationality, in particular the practices of molecular biology as they apply to our understanding of human nature. In his final essay, Rabinow reflects in dialogue with biochemist Tom White on the place of science in modernity, on science as a vocation, and on the differences between the human and natural sciences.
Categories: Social Science

Ethnographic Feminisms

Ethnographic Feminisms

This book is written by anthropologists who are currently engaged in research on gender.

Author: Sally Cole

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773581326

Category: Social Science

Page: 313

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This book is written by anthropologists who are currently engaged in research on gender. The editors argue for the development of an ethnography-based feminism that both pays heed to what women in specific circumstances identify as their concerns and recognizes the contradictions inherent in the goals of feminist anthropology. The essays consider a range of "awkward" issues, including feminism in international contexts, the invisibility of women's working lives, and the problems of voice and ethnographic representation. Referring to a variety of ethnographic contexts, and working from diverse perspectives, the contributors examine the multiple dilemmas and conflicts of gender and power.
Categories: Social Science

Anthropology with an Attitude

Anthropology with an Attitude

This book collects published and unpublished work over the last dozen years by one of today_s most distinguished and provocative anthropologists.

Author: Johannes Fabian

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804741433

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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This book collects published and unpublished work over the last dozen years by one of today’s most distinguished and provocative anthropologists. Johannes Fabian is widely known outside of his discipline because his work so often overcomes traditional scholarly boundaries to bring fresh insight to central topics in philosophy, history, and cultural studies. The first part of the book addresses questions of current critical concern: Does it still make sense to search for objectivity in ethnography? What do we gain when we invoke "context” in our interpretations? How does literacy change the work of the ethnographer, and what are the boundaries between ethnology and history? This part ends with a plea for recuperating negativity in our thinking about culture. The second part extends the work of critique into the past by examining the beginning of modern ethnography in the exploration of Central Africa during the late nineteenth century: the justification of a scientific attitude, the collecting of ethnographic objects, the presentation of knowledge in narration, and the role of recognition--given or denied--in encounters with Africans. A final essay examines how the Congolese have returned the "imperial gaze” of Belgium by the work of critical memory in popular history. The ten chapters are framed by two meditations on the relevance of theory and the irrelevance of the millennium.
Categories: Social Science

Essays in Anthropology

Essays in Anthropology

Author: James Philip Mills

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015011916247

Category: Anthropology

Page: 268

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Categories: Anthropology

Essays in Anthropology

Essays in Anthropology

Author: Robert Harry Lowie

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:1078139534

Category: Anthropology

Page: 433

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Categories: Anthropology

Steps to an Ecology of Mind

Steps to an Ecology of Mind

Gregory Bateson was a philosopher, anthropologist, photographer, naturalist, and poet, as well as the husband and collaborator of Margaret Mead.

Author: Gregory Bateson

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226039056

Category: Medical

Page: 533

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Gregory Bateson was a philosopher, anthropologist, photographer, naturalist, and poet, as well as the husband and collaborator of Margaret Mead. This classic anthology of his major work includes a new Foreword by his daughter, Mary Katherine Bateson. 5 line drawings.
Categories: Medical

Essays in the History of Linguistic Anthropology

Essays in the History of Linguistic Anthropology

ANTHROPOLOGIST. Alfred Louis Kroeber died in Paris in the early morning of
Wednesday, 5 October 1960, in his eighty-fifth year. He was a member of the
Linguistic Society of America. from its beginning, a. Signer 0f the Call that led to
its ...

Author: Dell H. Hymes

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027286468

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 406

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Anthropology and linguistics, as historically developing disciplines, have had partly separate roots and traditions. In particular settings and in general, the two disciplines have partly shared, partly differed in the nature of their materials, their favorite types of problem the personalities of their dominant figures, their relations with other disciplines and intellectual current. The two disciplines have also varied in their interrelation with each other and the society about them. Institutional arrangements have reflected the varying degrees of kinship, kithship, and separation. Such relationships themselves form a topic that is central to a history of linguistic anthropology yet marginal to a self-contained history of linguistics or anthropology as either would be conceived by most authors. There exists not only a subject matter for a history of linguistic anthropology, but also a definite need.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Anthropologists in a Wider World

Anthropologists in a Wider World

This book explores these transformations of world view and approach as they have been experienced by anthropological colleagues, a number of whom began their work very much in the earlier tradition.

Author: Emertius Research Fellow Paul Dresch

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1571817999

Category: Science

Page: 310

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The tradition of intensive fieldwork by a single anthropologist in one area has been challenged by new emphasis on studying historical patterns, wider regions, and global networks. Some anthropologists have started their careers from the new vantage point, amidst a chorus of claims for innovative methodologies. Others have lived through these changes of perspective and are able to reflect on them, while re-evaluating the place of fieldwork within the broader aims of general anthropology. This book explores these transformations of world view and approach as they have been experienced by anthropological colleagues, a number of whom began their work very much in the earlier tradition. They cover experiences of field research in Africa, Papua New Guinea, South America, Central and South Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Indonesia, Japan and China. Constant through the chapters is a distinctively qualitative empirical approach, once associated with the village but now being developed in relation to large-scale or dispersed communities.
Categories: Science

Essays in Social Anthropology

Essays in Social Anthropology

Author: Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard

Publisher: London, Faber and Faber

ISBN: UOM:39015001862740

Category: Anthropology

Page: 233

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Categories: Anthropology

Ethnographic Essays in Cultural Anthropology

Ethnographic Essays in Cultural Anthropology

This collection of ten mini-ethnographies takes a problem-based learning approach, focusing on contextual and cumulative learning to enhance student understanding of the fundamental concepts of cultural anthropology.

Author: R. Bruce Morrison

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 087581445X

Category: Social Science

Page: 278

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This collection of ten mini-ethnographies takes a problem-based learning approach, focusing on contextual and cumulative learning to enhance student understanding of the fundamental concepts of cultural anthropology. The problems covered in the text range from how anthropology contributes to an understanding of human similarities and differences and why people believe different things to inequality, violence, poverty, and death. Each problem is explored in the context of a particular society, including Canada, Ecuador, Indonesia, Kohistan, Tibet, Tonga, the United States, and Sudan.
Categories: Social Science

Essays on Kant s Anthropology

Essays on Kant s Anthropology

Essays on Kant's Anthropology Kant's lectures on anthropology capture him at
the height of his intellectual power and at crucial stages in the development of his
philosophical system. They are also immensely important for advancing our ...

Author: Brian Jacobs

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139441450

Category: Philosophy

Page: 265

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Kant's lectures on anthropology capture him at the height of his intellectual power. They are immensely important for advancing our understanding of Kant's conception of anthropology, its development, and the notoriously difficult relationship between it and the critical philosophy. This 2003 collection of essays by some of the leading commentators on Kant offers a systematic account of the philosophical importance of this material that should nevertheless prove of interest to historians of ideas and political theorists. There are two broad approaches adopted: a number of the essays consider the systematic relations of the anthropology to critical philosophy, especially speculative knowledge and ethics. Other essays focus on the anthropology as a major source for the clarification of both the content and development of Kant's work. The volume also serves as an interpretative complement to the translation of the lectures in the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant.
Categories: Philosophy

Delimiting Anthropology

Delimiting Anthropology

"It is George Stocking, more than anyone else, who has made the history of anthropology available to us."--Daniel A. Segal, American Anthropologist

Author: George W. Stocking

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 0299174506

Category: Social Science

Page: 404

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"It is George Stocking, more than anyone else, who has made the history of anthropology available to us."--Daniel A. Segal, American Anthropologist
Categories: Social Science

The Ethnographer s Magic and Other Essays in the History of Anthropology

The Ethnographer s Magic and Other Essays in the History of Anthropology

For this collection, Stocking has written prefatory commentaries for each of the essays, as well as two more extended contextualizing pieces.

Author: George W. Stocking

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 0299134148

Category: Social Science

Page: 440

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According to George Marcus of Rice University, the essays "represent the most informative and insightful writings on Malinowski and Boas and their legacies that are yet available." Beyond their biographical material, the essays here touch upon major themes in the history of anthropology: its powerfully mythic aspect and persistent strain of romantic primitivism; the contradictions of its relationship to the larger sociopolitical sphere; its problematic integration of a variety of natural scientific and humanistic inquiries; and the tension between its scientific aspirations and its subjectively acquired data. To provide an overview against which to read the other essays, Stocking has also included a sketch of the history of anthropology from the ancient Greeks to the present. For this collection, Stocking has written prefatory commentaries for each of the essays, as well as two more extended contextualizing pieces.
Categories: Social Science

On Being Human

On Being Human

In answering these questions, Ray S. Anderson focused on the person as determined by and sustained by the creative power of God.

Author: Ray S. Anderson

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781608999743

Category: Religion

Page: 244

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¥ What does it mean to be human? ¥ How does a right understanding of personhood affect decisions on critical life situations? ¥ What implications does a biblical perspective on personhood have for the pastoral ministry of healing and hope? In answering these questions, Ray S. Anderson focused on the person as determined by and sustained by the creative power of God. He explored the the implications of a biblical understanding of personhood for such critical issues as human sexuality, family relationships, abortion, and death. He broke new ground in relating pastoral care and counseling to contemporary issues which challenge Christians and their understanding of the meaning of human life.
Categories: Religion

The Anthropologist and the Native

The Anthropologist and the Native

This book is a collection of 20 essays by international scholars collated in honor of Gananath Obeyesekere, Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, whose writings have contributed to the fields of South Asian studies and anthropology.

Author: H. L. Seneviratne

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 9780857284358

Category: Religion

Page: 493

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This book is a collection of 20 essays by international scholars collated in honor of Gananath Obeyesekere, Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, whose writings have contributed to the fields of South Asian studies and anthropology.
Categories: Religion