The Cosmopolitan Subject of Anthropology

Author: Nigel Rapport

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 0857455230

Category: Social Science

Page: 238

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The significance that people grant to their affiliations as members of nations, religions, classes, races, ethnicities and genders is evidence of the vital need for a cosmopolitan project that originates in the figure of Anyone – the universal and yet individual human being. Cosmopolitanism offers an alternative to multiculturalism, a different vision of identity, belonging, solidarity and justice, that avoids the seemingly intractable character of identity politics: it identifies samenesses of the human condition that underlie the surface differences of history, culture and society, nation, ethnicity, religion, class, race and gender. This book argues for the importance of cosmopolitanism as a theory of human being, as a methodology for social science and as a moral and political program.

Medicinal Rule

A Historical Anthropology of Kingship in East and Central Africa

Author: Koen Stroeken

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1785339850

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

View: 8147

As soon as Europeans set foot on African soil, they looked for the equivalents of their kings – and found them. The resulting misunderstandings last until this day. Based on ethnography-driven regional comparison and a critical re-examination of classic monographs on some forty cultural groups, this volume makes the arresting claim that across equatorial Africa the model of rule has been medicine – and not the colonizer’s despotic administrator, the missionary’s divine king, or Vansina’s big man. In a wide area populated by speakers of Bantu and other languages of the Niger-Congo cluster, both cult and dynastic clan draw on the fertility shrine, rainmaking charm and drum they inherit.

Returning Life

Language, Life Force and History in Kilimanjaro

Author: Knut Christian Myhre

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1785336665

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 6980

A group of Chagga-speaking men descend the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro to butcher animals and pour milk, beer, and blood on the ground, requesting rain for their continued existence. Returning Life explores how this event engages activities where life force is transferred and transformed to afford and affect beings of different kinds. Historical sources demonstrate how the phenomenon of life force encompasses coffee cash-cropping, Catholic Christianity, and colonial and post-colonial rule, and features in cognate languages from throughout the area. As this vivid ethnography explores how life projects through beings of different kinds, it brings to life concepts and practices that extend through time and space, transcending established analytics.

Understanding Cultural Transmission in Anthropology

A Critical Synthesis

Author: Roy Ellen,Stephen J. Lycett,Sarah E. Johns

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 0857459945

Category: Social Science

Page: 392

View: 1306

The concept of "cultural transmission" is central to much contemporary anthropological theory, since successful human reproduction through social systems is essential for effective survival and for enhancing the adaptiveness of individual humans and local populations. Yet, what is understood by the phrase and how it might best be studied is highly contested. This book brings together contributions that reflect the current diversity of approaches - from the fields of biology, primatology, palaeoanthropology, psychology, social anthropology, ethnobiology, and archaeology - to examine social and cultural transmission from a range of perspectives and at different scales of generalization. The comprehensive introduction explores some of the problems and connections. Overall, the book provides a timely synthesis of current accounts of cultural transmission in relation to cognitive process, practical action, and local socio-ecological context, while linking these with explanations of longer-term evolutionary trajectories.

Distortion and Love

An Anthropological Reading of the Art and Life of Stanley Spencer

Author: Professor Nigel Rapport

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472461363

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

View: 9726

In this ground-breaking book, a theory of ‘distortion’ - of the way in which the processes of human life are subject to interference, diversion and transformation - is developed by way of the art of one of Britain’s greatest twentieth-century painters and that art’s public reception. Devoted to his native village of Cookham-on-Thames, Stanley Spencer painted not only landscapes and portraits with loving detail but also the ‘memory-feelings’ which he felt were a ‘sacred’ part of his consciousness. Yet Spencer was also a controversial public figure, with some taking the view that his visionary paintings were ugly distortions of human life, even marks of an immoral nature. Examining how Spencer lived his vision, how he painted it and wrote it, and also how his attempts to communicate that vision were received by his contemporaries and have continued to be interpreted since his death, the author posits distortion as key: an intrinsic aspect both of human creation and of human interaction. What we intend to make, to say, to do and have done, often mutates in the process of being expressed or put into effect: we live amid distortion. Love - the affective appreciation of one another - is then a means by which we accommodate distortion and its consequences in our lives. An illustration, through Stanley Spencer’s story, of significant aspects of a human condition, this book will appeal across disciplines, including to art historians and students of Spencer’s work, as well as to scholars of anthropology with interests in creativity, perception and interpretation.

Anthropology News

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Anthropological linguistics

Page: N.A

View: 2522


Key themes in qualitative research

continuities and changes

Author: Paul Atkinson,Amanda Coffey,Sara Delamont

Publisher: Altamira Pr


Category: Reference

Page: 232

View: 6201

Key Themes in Qualitative Research is an attempt by three well-respected ethnographic researchers to present a balanced view of qualitative methodology and research. The book is structured around classic texts, written by methodological pioneers, which comprise the basic foundation of modern qualitative research.

Interculturalism and Performance

Writings from PAJ

Author: Bonnie Marranca,Gautam Dasgupta

Publisher: Paj Publication

ISBN: 9781555540579

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 335

View: 411

What is refreshing is the inclusion of essays which reach beyond theatre in considering issues of interculturalism.-The Drama Review

Qualitative Researching with Text, Image and Sound

A Practical Handbook for Social Research

Author: Martin W Bauer,George Gaskell

Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited

ISBN: 9780761964803

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

View: 7105

`This excellent text will introduce advanced students - and remind senior researchers - of the availability of a broad range of techniques available for the systematic analysis of social data that is not numeric. It makes the key point that neither quantitative nor qualitative methods are interpretive and at the same time demonstrates once and for all that neither a constructivist perspective nor a qualitative approach needs to imply abandonment of rigor. That the chapters are written by different authors makes possible a depth of expertise within each that is unusually strong' - Susanna Hornig Priest, Texas A&M University; Author of `Doing Media Research' Qualitative Researching with Text, Image and Sound off

Formationen des Politischen

Anthropologie politischer Felder

Author: Jens Adam,Asta Vonderau

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839422639

Category: Political Science

Page: 392

View: 3119

»Alternativlos« ist zu einem Schlagwort in gegenwärtigen politischen Debatten geworden. Der Begriff steht für einen Politikstil, der neoliberale Regierungslogiken mit zunehmend autoritären Argumentationsfiguren verknüpft. Die in diesem Buch versammelten Beiträge bieten eine alternative Perspektive auf aktuelle politische Prozesse und Machtfelder - etwa durch den Fokus auf »Policies« als wirkmächtige Organisationsformen (spät-)moderner Gesellschaften, durch die ethnographische Verfolgung der lokalen, nationalen und transnationalen Effekte von politischen Entscheidungen oder durch das Aufspüren neuartiger (Macht-)Formationen aus Individuen, Institutionen, Ressourcen und Wissensbeständen.

Transnationalität und Öffentlichkeit

Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven

Author: Caroline Schmitt,Asta Vonderau

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839421543

Category: Political Science

Page: 340

View: 1305

Wie können transnationale Öffentlichkeiten untersucht werden? Ob in Zusammenhang mit der globalen AIDS-Epidemie, in migrantischen Organisationen, im Umfeld der pentekostalen Kirche oder im Zuge der neuen sozialen Bewegungen: Weltweit entstehen diskursive Arenen und Formen zivilgesellschaftlichen Engagements, deren Handlungsspektrum und politische Wirksamkeit die Grenzen von Nationalstaaten überschreiten und das traditionelle Verständnis von Öffentlichkeit in Bewegung bringen. Solche empirisch beobachtbaren Knotenpunkte transnationalen Kommunizierens und Handelns werden in diesem Band von einer multidisziplinären Beiträgerschaft als situative und temporäre Öffentlichkeiten betrachtet und analysiert.

The New Republic

Author: Herbert David Croly

Publisher: N.A


Category: Political science

Page: N.A

View: 559


Kants Leben und Lehre

Author: E. Cassirer

Publisher: Рипол Классик

ISBN: 5875203056

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 337