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Modernist Anthropology : From Fieldwork to Text

Author: Marc Manganaro
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1990] ©1990
Series: Princeton legacy library
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Recent insights into the nature of representation and power relations have signaled an important shift in perspective on anthropology: from a fieldwork-based "science" of culture to an interpretive activity bound to the discursive and ideological process called "text-making." This collection of essays reflects the ongoing cross-fertilization between literary criticism and anthropology. Focusing on texts written or  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Modernist anthropology : from fieldwork to text.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1990]
xii, 337 pages ; 25 cm
(DLC) 10900254
Print version:
Modernist anthropology.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1990
(DLC) 89077333
(OCoLC)20826062
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marc Manganaro
ISBN: 9781400861415 1400861411 9780691068466 0691068461 9780691014807 0691014809 0691604428 9780691604428
OCLC Number: 1004872764
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (349 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Textual Play, Power, and Cultural Critique: An Orientation to Modernist Anthropology / Manganaro, Marc --
Frazer and the Elegiac: The Modernist Connection / Vickery, John B. --
Sir James Frazer's The Golden Bough: A Reading Lesson / Roth, Marty --
Out of Context: The Persuasive Fictions of Anthropology / Strathern, Marilyn --
Irony in Anthropology: The Work of Franz Boas / Krupat, Arnold --
The Politics of Ethnographic Authority: Race and Writing in the Ethnography of Margaret Mead and Zora Neale Hurston / Gordon, Deborah --
Ruth Benedict and the Modernist Sensibility / Handler, Richard --
Anthropology and Modernism in France: From Durkheim to the Collège de sociologie / Richman, Michèle --
Anthropology, Literary Theory, and the Traditions of Modernism / Loriggio, Francesco --
Marxism and the "Subject" of Anthropology / Sullivan, Robert --
The Historical Materialist Critique of Surrealism and Postmodernist Ethnography / Webster, Steven --
Afterword / Crapanzano, Vincent --
Notes on Contributors --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Princeton legacy library
Responsibility: edited by Marc Manganaro.
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Recent insights into the nature of representation and power relations have signaled an important shift in perspective on anthropology: from a fieldwork-based "science" of culture to an interpretive activity bound to the discursive and ideological process called "text-making." This collection of essays reflects the ongoing cross-fertilization between literary criticism and anthropology. Focusing on texts written or influenced by anthropologists between 1900 and 1945, the work relates current perspectives on anthropology's discursive nature to the literary period known as "Modernism.". The essays, each demonstrating anthropology's profound influence on this important cultural movement, are organized according to discourse type: from the comparativist text of Frazer, to the ethnographies of Boas, Benedict, Mead, and Hurston, and on to the surrealist experiments of the College de Sociologie. Meanwhile the book's orientation shifts from essays that approach anthropology from the vantage points of literariness and textual power to those that contemplate what bearing the junction of cultural theory and anthropology can have upon present and future social institutions. In addition to the editor, contributors include Vincent Crapanzano, Deborah Gordon, Richard Handler, Arnold Krupat, Francesco Loriggio, Michele Richman, Marty Roth, Marilyn Strathern, Robert Sullivan, John B. Vickery, and Steven Webster. Originally published in 1990. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

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