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

This book provides a splendid answer as to why anthropology goes on mattering and also to why no surgery can separate it from sociology '-The Economist from the reviews of the first edition This new edition of a classic work provides an ...

Author: Professor Mary Douglas

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415205530

Category: Social Science

Page: 322

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'No more sparkling and suggestive work of social science is likely to appear in the near future. This book provides a splendid answer as to why anthropology goes on mattering and also to why no surgery can separate it from sociology '-The Economist from the reviews of the first edition This new edition of a classic work provides an excellent introduction to the thought of anthropologist Mary Douglas. First published to great acclaim in 1975, Mary Douglas has now revised the text to include additional chapters and a new introduction. Implicit Meanings includes writings on the key themes which are associated with Mary Douglas's work and which have had a major influence on anthropological thought, such as: *food *pollution *risk *animals *myth. Among the new pieces inluded in this edition are: The Lele of the Kasai * Techniques of Socrcery Control in Central Africa * The Lele Revisited * Obituary of Godfrey Lienhardt * The Depolitzation of Risk * Rightness of Categories
Categories: Social Science

A Passion for Difference

A Passion for Difference

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

Author: Henrietta L. Moore

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780745668055

Category: Social Science

Page: 188

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In this new book Henrietta Moore examines the nature and 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, and suggests that this has much to do with the history of anthropological thought with regard to the conceptualization of "persons" and "selves" cross-culturally. Moore develops a specific anthropological approach to feminist post-structuralist and psychoanalytic theory. In subsequent chapters Moore pursues a series of related themes including the links between gender, identity and violence; questions of gender and identity in the context of intra-household resource allocation; the construction of domestic space and its relationship to bodily practices and the internationalization of relations of difference; and the links between the gender of the anthropologist and the writing of anthropology. This volume demonstrates anthropology's contribution to current debates in feminist theory.
Categories: Social Science

Essays on the Anthropology of Reason

Essays on the Anthropology of Reason

This collection of essays explains and encourages new reflection on Paul Rabinow's pioneering project to anthropologize the West.

Author: Paul Rabinow

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400851799

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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This collection of essays explains and encourages new reflection on Paul Rabinow's pioneering project to anthropologize the West. His goal is to exoticize the Western constitution of reality, emphasize those domains most taken for granted as universal, and show how their claims to truth are linked to particular social practices, hence becoming effective social forces. He has recently begun to focus on the core of Western rationality, in particular the practices of molecular biology as they apply to our understanding of human nature. This book moves in new directions by posing questions about how scientific practice can be understood in terms of ethics as well as in terms of power. The topics include how French socialist urban planning in the 1930s engineered the transition from city planning to life planning; how the discursive and nondiscursive practices of the Human Genome Project and biotechnology have refigured life, labor, and language; and how a debate over patenting cell lines and over the dignity of life required secular courts to invoke medieval notions of the sacred. Building on an ethnographic study of the invention of the polymerase chain reaction--which enables the rapid production of specific sequences of DNA in millions of copies Rabinow, in the final essay, 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

Implicit Meanings

Implicit Meanings

Author: Mary Douglas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0710082266

Category: Anthropology

Page: 325

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This new edition of a classic work provides an indispensable introduction to the thought of Mary Douglas.
Categories: Anthropology

Reproducing the Future

Reproducing the Future

These essays, written at the time when the Bill for Human Fertilization and Embryology Act (1990) was going through Parliament, touch on the British debate (on in vitro fertilization, gamete donation and maternal surrogacy) from an ...

Author: Marilyn Strathern

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719036747

Category: Anthropology

Page: 200

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These essays, written at the time when the Bill for Human Fertilization and Embryology Act (1990) was going through Parliament, touch on the British debate (on in vitro fertilization, gamete donation and maternal surrogacy) from an anthropological perspective. The implications of the medical developments that lay behind the Act are world-wide and these new procreative possibilities formulate new possibilities for thinking about kinship. The essays are informed by recent re-thinking of models of kinship in Melanesia.
Categories: Anthropology

Romantic Motives

Romantic Motives

Tracking the Romantic strains in the the writings of Rousseau, Herder, Cushing, Sapir, Benedict, Redfield, Mead, Lévi-Strauss, and others, these essays show Romanticism as a permanent and recurrent tendency within the anthropological ...

Author: George W. Stocking

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 0299123634

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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Romantic Motives explores a topic that has been underemphasized in the historiography of anthropology. Tracking the Romantic strains in the the writings of Rousseau, Herder, Cushing, Sapir, Benedict, Redfield, Mead, Lévi-Strauss, and others, these essays show Romanticism as a permanent and recurrent tendency within the anthropological tradition.
Categories: Social Science

Writing Anthropology

Writing Anthropology

These short essays cover a wide range of territory, from ethnography, genre, and the politics of writing to affect, storytelling, authorship, and scholarly responsibility.

Author: Carole McGranahan

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9781478009160

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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In Writing Anthropology, fifty-two anthropologists reflect on scholarly writing as both craft and commitment. These short essays cover a wide range of territory, from ethnography, genre, and the politics of writing to affect, storytelling, authorship, and scholarly responsibility. Anthropological writing is more than just communicating findings: anthropologists write to tell stories that matter, to be accountable to the communities in which they do their research, and to share new insights about the world in ways that might change it for the better. The contributors offer insights into the beauty and the function of language and the joys and pains of writing while giving encouragement to stay at it—to keep writing as the most important way to not only improve one’s writing but to also honor the stories and lessons learned through research. Throughout, they share new thoughts, prompts, and agitations for writing that will stimulate conversations that cut across the humanities. Contributors. Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Jane Eva Baxter, Ruth Behar, Adia Benton, Lauren Berlant, Robin M. Bernstein, Sarah Besky, Catherine Besteman, Yarimar Bonilla, Kevin Carrico, C. Anne Claus, Sienna R. Craig, Zoë Crossland, Lara Deeb, K. Drybread, Jessica Marie Falcone, Kim Fortun, Kristen R. Ghodsee, Daniel M. Goldstein, Donna M. Goldstein, Sara L. Gonzalez, Ghassan Hage, Carla Jones, Ieva Jusionyte, Alan Kaiser, Barak Kalir, Michael Lambek, Carole McGranahan, Stuart McLean, Lisa Sang Mi Min, Mary Murrell, Kirin Narayan, Chelsi West Ohueri, Anand Pandian, Uzma Z. Rizvi, Noel B. Salazar, Bhrigupati Singh, Matt Sponheimer, Kathleen Stewart, Ann Laura Stoler, Paul Stoller, Nomi Stone, Paul Tapsell, Katerina Teaiwa, Marnie Jane Thomson, Gina Athena Ulysse, Roxanne Varzi, Sita Venkateswar, Maria D. Vesperi, Sasha Su-Ling Welland, Bianca C. Williams, Jessica Winegar
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

Moebius Anthropology

Moebius Anthropology

Don Handelman’s groundbreaking work in anthropology is showcased in this collection of his most powerful essays, edited by Matan Shapiro and Jackie Feldman.

Author: Don Handelman

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781789208559

Category: Social Science

Page: 484

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Don Handelman’s groundbreaking work in anthropology is showcased in this collection of his most powerful essays, edited by Matan Shapiro and Jackie Feldman. The book looks at the intellectual and spiritual roots of Handelman’s initiation into anthropology; his work on ritual and on “bureaucratic logic”; analyses of cosmology; and innovative essays on Anthropology and Deleuzian thinking. Handelman reconsiders his theory of the forming of form and how this relates to a new theory of the dynamics of time. This will be the definitive collection of articles by one of the most important anthropologists of the late 20th Century.
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

View: 298

Categories: Anthropology

In Search of a Philosophical Anthropology

In Search of a Philosophical Anthropology

ISBN 9042000147 (paperback) NLG 50.00 What makes the person truly human? This is the question that is systematically investigated by Vergote in this fine collection of papers.

Author: Antoine Vergote

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042000147

Category: Philosophy

Page: 287

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ISBN 9042000147 (paperback) NLG 50.00 What makes the person truly human? This is the question that is systematically investigated by Vergote in this fine collection of papers. The integrating themes of the various studies reported here are the exploration of human experience, and the achievement of humanity by the individual. issues in feminist theory.
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

Individuals and Worlds

Individuals and Worlds

Author: Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya

Publisher: Delhi ; New York : Oxford University Press

ISBN: UCAL:B3929386

Category: Human beings

Page: 227

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Categories: Human beings

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

From Apes to Angels

From Apes to Angels

A tribute to the renowned anthropologist, Phillip V. Tobias, on the occasion of his retirement from the Chairmanship of the Department of Anatomy and Human Biology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Author: Phillip V. Tobias

Publisher: Wiley-Liss

ISBN: UOM:39015018862691

Category: Science

Page: 347

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A tribute to the renowned anthropologist, Phillip V. Tobias, on the occasion of his retirement from the Chairmanship of the Department of Anatomy and Human Biology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. It contains 24 essays by 26 authors on such topics as cultural anthropology, genetics, pathology, paleoanthropology and human biology. The authors, a majority of whom are internationally recognized in their fields, contribute up-to-date and authoritative reviews on material illustrating the diversity of Dr. Tobias' interests. Includes extensive bibliographies on topics covered.
Categories: Science

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

Before Social Anthropology

Before Social Anthropology

First Published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Author: James Urry

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136644245

Category: Social Science

Page: 188

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First Published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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