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Subjectivity Ethnographic Investigations

ISBN-10: 0520247930
ISBN-13: 9780520247932
Edition: 2007
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Description: This volume is an extended conversation about the ways personal lives are being undone and remade today. Examining the ethnography of the modern subject, a preeminent group of scholars probes the continuity and diversity of modes of personhood  More...

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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/11/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

This volume is an extended conversation about the ways personal lives are being undone and remade today. Examining the ethnography of the modern subject, a preeminent group of scholars probes the continuity and diversity of modes of personhood across a range of Western and non-Western societies. Essays consider 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; how new information and medical technologies reshape the relation one has to oneself; and which forms of subjectivity and life possibilities are produced against a world in pieces.

Arthur Kleinmanis Professor of Medical Anthropology at Harvard University;Yunxiang Yanis a Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles;Jing Junis a Professor at Tsinghua University (Beijing);Sing Leeis a Professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong;Everett Zhangis a Professor at Princeton University;Pan Tianshuis a Professor at Fudan University (Shanghai);Wu FeiandGuo Jinhuaare Professors at Peking University (Beijing).

Acknowledgments
List of Contributors
Introduction: Rethinking Subjectivity
Transformations in Social Experience and Subjectivity
The Vanishing Subject: The Many Faces of Subjectivity
The Experiential Basis of Subjectivity: How Individuals Change in the Context of Societal Transformation
How the Body Speaks: Illness and the Lifeworld among the Urban Poor
Anthropological Observation and Self-Formation
Political Subjects
Hamlet in Purgatory
America's Transient Mental Illness: A Brief History of the Self-Traumatized Perpetrator
Violence and the Politics of Remorse: Lessons from South Africa
Madness and Social Suffering
The Subject of Mental Illness: Psychosis, Mad Violence, and Subjectivity in Indonesia
The "Other" of Culture in Psychosis: The Ex-Centricity of the Subject
Hoarders and Scrappers: Madness and the Social Person in the Interstices of the City
Life Technologies
Whole Bodies, Whole Persons? Cultural Studies, Psychoanalysis, and Biology
The Medical Imaginary and the Biotechnical Embrace: Subjective Experiences of Clinical Scientists and Patients
"To Be Freed from the Infirmity of (the) Age": Subjectivity, Life-Sustaining Treatment, and Palliative Medicine
A Life: Between Psychiatric Drugs and Social Abandonment
Epilogue. To Live with What Would Otherwise Be Unendurable: Return(s) to Subjectivities
Index

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