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Genealogies for the Present in Cultural Anthropology A Critical Humanist Perspective

ISBN-10: 0415912644
ISBN-13: 9780415912648
Edition: 1996
Authors: Bruce M. Knauft
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Description: In the wake of tensions between modern and postmodern sensibilities, what larger directions now emerge in cultural anthropology? In this major work, Bruce Knauft takes stock of important recent initiatives in cultural and critical theory. By  More...

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Book details

List price: $51.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/27/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

In the wake of tensions between modern and postmodern sensibilities, what larger directions now emerge in cultural anthropology? In this major work, Bruce Knauft takes stock of important recent initiatives in cultural and critical theory. By combining critical reviews and ethnographic engagements with fresh readings of major figures and approaches, the work develops a larger vantage point for considering the dispersing influence of practice theories, postmodernism, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, modern/post-positive feminism, and multicultural criticisms. The larger relationship between culture, power, and representation is critically recast in the course of the analysis, and through frontal engagement with ethical considerations as well as ethnographic specifics, Knauft shows how contemporary anthropology begs for a critical revaluation of humanist sensibilities. Ultimately, anthropology can draw upon past strengths as well as future potentials to combine ethical grounding, ethnographicrigor, and intellectual power.

Preface
Aperture
Stories, Histories, and Theories: Agendas in Cultural Anthropology
Critically Humanist Sensibilities
Pushing Anthropology Past the Posts: Critical Notes on Cultural Anthropology and Cultural Studies as Influenced by Postmodernism and Existentialism
Practices: Beyond Bourdieuian Legacies
Moments of Knowledge and Power: Foucault and Alterities of Sex and Violence
Gramsci and Bakhtin: Dialogues Against Hegemonies
Gender, Ethnography, and Critical Query
Multicultural Speaking: Beyond Essentialism and Relativism
Conclusions and Criticisms
Notes
References
Index

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