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Subjectivity : ethnographic investigations

Author: João Guilherme Biehl; Byron Good; Arthur Kleinman
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2007.
Series: Ethnographic studies in subjectivity, 7.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
This innovative volume is an extended intellectual conversation about the ways personal lives are being undone and remade today. Examining the ethnography of the modern subject, this preeminent group of scholars probes the continuity and diversity of modes of personhood across a range of Western and non-Western societies. Contributors consider what happens to individual subjectivity when stable or imagined  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: João Guilherme Biehl; Byron Good; Arthur Kleinman
ISBN: 9780520247925 0520247922 9780520247932 0520247930
OCLC Number: 1128813180
Description: xi, 464 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : rethinking subjectivity / João Biehl, Byron Good, and Arthur Kleinman --
Part I. Transformations in social experience and subjectivity. The vanishing subject : the many faces of subjectivity / Amélie Oksenberg Rorty --
The experiential basis of subjectivity : how individuals change in the context of societal transformation / Arthur Kleinman and Erin Fitz-Henry --
How the body speaks : illness and the lifeworld among the urban poor / Veena Das and Ranendra K. Das --
Anthropological observation and self-formation / Paul Rabinow. Part II. Political subjects. Hamlet in purgatory / Stephen Greenblatt --
America's transient mental illness : a brief history of the self-traumatized perpetrator / Allan Young --
Violence and the politics of remorse : lessons from South Africa / Nancy Scheper-Hughes --
Part III. Madness and social suffering. The subject of mental illness : psychosis, mad violence, and subjectivity in Indonesia / Byron J. Good, Subandi, and Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good --
The "Other" of culture in psychosis : the ex-centricity of the subject / Ellen Corin --
Hoarders and scrappers : madness and the social person in the interstices of the city / Anne M. Lovell. Part IV. Life technologies. Whole bodies, whole persons? : cultural studies, psychoanalysis, and biology / Evelyn Fox Keller --
The medical imaginary and the biotechnical embrace : subjective experiences of clinical scientists and patients / Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good --
"To be freed from the infirmity of (the) age" : subjectivity, life-sustaining treatment, and palliative medicine / Eric L. Krakauer --
A life : between psychiatric drugs and social abandonment / João Biehl --
Epilogue : to live with what would otherwise be unendurable : return(s) to subjectivities / Michael M.J. Fischer.
Series Title: Ethnographic studies in subjectivity, 7.
Responsibility: edited by João Biehl, Byron Good, Arthur Kleinman.
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Considers what happens to individual subjectivity when stable or imagined environments such as nations and communities are transformed or displaced by free trade economics, terrorism, and war. This  Read more...


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"Has the makings of a key reference text on a topic that will continue to provide the basis for anthropological investigation for some time." Social Anthropology/Anthropologie

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