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ETHNOGRAPHY AND THE HISTORICAL IMAGINATION.

Author: John L Comaroff; Jean Comaroff
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : ROUTLEDGE, 2019.
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Over the years John and Jean Comaroff have broadened the study of culture and society with their reflections on power and meaning. In their work on Africa and colonialism they have explored some of the fundamental questions of social science, delving into the nature of history and human agency, culture and consciousness, ritual and representation. How are human differences constructed and institutionalized,  Read more...
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COMAROFF, JOHN.
ETHNOGRAPHY AND THE HISTORICAL IMAGINATION.
[Place of publication not identified] : ROUTLEDGE, 2019
(OCoLC)1104461220
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John L Comaroff; Jean Comaroff
ISBN: 9780429699306 0429699301 9780429033872 0429033877 9780429719318 0429719310 9780429739323 042973932X
OCLC Number: 1110009209
Description: 1 online resource (1 volume.)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Series Page; Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Editorial Note; Part One: Theory, Ethnography, Historiography; 1 Ethnography and the Historical Imagination; 2 Of Totemism and Ethnicity; 3 Bodily Reform as Historical Practice; Part Two: Dialectical Systems, Imaginative Sociologies; 4 The Long and the Short of It; 5 Goodly Beasts, Beastly Goods; 6 The Madman and the Migrant; Part Three: Colonialism and Modernity; 7 Images of Empire, Contests of Conscience; 8 Medicine, Colonialism, and the Black Body; 9 The Colonization of Consciousness; 10 Homemade Hegemony; Bibliography

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Over the years John and Jean Comaroff have broadened the study of culture and society with their reflections on power and meaning. In their work on Africa and colonialism they have explored some of the fundamental questions of social science, delving into the nature of history and human agency, culture and consciousness, ritual and representation. How are human differences constructed and institutionalized, transformed and (sometimes) effaced, empowered and (sometimes) resisted? How do local cultures articulate with global forms? How is the power of some people over others built, sustained, eroded, and negated? How does the social imagination take shape in novel yet collectively meaningful ways? Addressing these questions, the essays in this volume-several never before published-work toward an "imaginative sociology," demonstrating the techniques by which social science may capture the contexts that human beings construct and inhabit. In the introduction, the authors offer their most complete statement to date on the nature of historical anthropology. Standing apart from the traditional disciplines of social history and modernist social science, their work is dedicated to discovering how human worlds are made and signified, forgotten and remade.

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