Anthropology and Egalitarianism: Ethnographic Encounters from Monticello to Guinea-Bissau

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Dezember 2010



Anthropology and Egalitarianism is an artful and accessible introductionto key themes in cultural anthropology. Writing in a deeply personal style and usingmaterial from his fieldwork in three dramatically different locales -- Indonesia, West Africa, and Monticello, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson -- Eric Gableshows why the ethnographic encounter is the core of the discipline's method and thebasis of its unique contribution to understanding the human condition. Gable weavestogether vignettes from the field and discussion of major works as he explores thedevelopment of the idea of culture through the experience of cultural contrast, anthropology's fraught relationship to racism and colonialism, and other enduringthemes.


Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction: Culture by Contrast and Theory in Anthropology; 1. Supping with Savages; 2. Standing in a Line; 3. Jefferson's Ardor; 4. The Colonialist's Dress Code; 5. Taking Pictures in the Field, or the Anthropologist's Dress Code; 6. Beyond Belief; 7. The Sex Life of Savages; Conclusion: Tending to Nature, Tending to Culture, or Is Anthropology History? Notes on Sources; References; Index


Eric Gable teaches anthropology at the University of Mary Washington. He is author (with Richard Handler) of The New History in an Old Museum: Creating the Past at Colonial Williamsburg.


"Among the most eloquent and deeply reflexive, confessional [works] I have read in some time... [A]ccessible, conversational, and at times disarmingly colloquial, [it is] precisely the kind of work that should be taught at the undergraduate level." Liam Murphy, co-author of A History of Anthropological Theory "A major work of scholarship ... [with] the potential to become a classic work of anthropology that will be read and debated for years to come." Paul Stoller, author of The Power of the Between: An Anthropological Odyssey
EAN: 9780253222756
ISBN: 0253222753
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2010
Seitenanzahl: 228 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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