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Predicament of Culture Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art

ISBN-10: 0674698436
ISBN-13: 9780674698437
Edition: 1988
Authors: James Clifford
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Description: The Predicament of Culture is a critical ethnography of the West in its changing relations with other societies. Analyzing cultural practices such as anthropology, travel writing, collecting, and museum displays of tribal art, Clifford shows  More...

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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 5/18/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 386
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

The Predicament of Culture is a critical ethnography of the West in its changing relations with other societies. Analyzing cultural practices such as anthropology, travel writing, collecting, and museum displays of tribal art, Clifford shows authoritative accounts of other ways of life to be contingent fictions, now actively contested in postcolonial contexts. His critique raises questions of global significance: Who has the authority to speak for any group's identity and authenticity? What are the essential elements and boundaries of a culture? How do self and "the other" clash in the encounters of ethnography, travel, and modern interethnic relations? In discussions of ethnography, surrealism, museums, and emergent tribal arts, Clifford probes the late-twentieth century predicament of living simultaneously within, between, and after culture.

James Clifford is Professor, History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. George E. Marcus is Chancellor's Professor, Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.

Introduction: The Pure Products Go Crazy
Discourses
On Ethnographic Authority
Power and Dialogue in Ethnography: Marcel Griaule's Initiation
On Ethnographic Self-Fashioning: Conrad and Malinowski
Displacements
On Ethnographic Surrealism
A Poetics of Displacement: Victor Segalen
Tell About Your Trip: Michel Leiris
A Politics of Neologism: Aimeacute; Ceacute;saire
The Jardin des Plantes: Postcards
Collections
Histories of The Tribal and The Modern
On Collecting Art and Culture
Histories
On Orientalism
Identity in Mashpee
References Sources
Index

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