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Contrarian Anthropology

The Unwritten Rules of Academia

Laura Nader

538 pages, bibliog., index

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Analyzing the workings of boundary maintenance in the areas of anthropology, energy, gender, and law, Nader contrasts dominant trends in academia with work that pushes the boundaries of acceptable methods and theories. Although the selections illustrate the history of one anthropologist’s work over half a century, the wider intent is to label a field as contrarian to reveal unwritten rules that sometimes hinder transformative thinking and to stimulate boundary crossing in others.

Laura Nader is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her current work focuses on how central dogmas are made and how they work. Her most recent publication is What the Rest Think of the West – Since 600 AD (University of California Press, 2015). In 1995, the Law and Society Association awarded her the Kalven Prize for distinguished research on law and society. Nader is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Subject: General Anthropology Theory & Methodology in Anthropology General Cultural Studies
Area:

BISAC: SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural; SOC019000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Methodology; SOC024000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Research

BIC: JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography; GPS Research methods: general




Contents

Chapter 1. Up the Anthropologist—Perspectives Gained From Studying Up
Chapter 2. Barriers to Thinking New About Energy
Chapter 3. The Vertical Slice: Child Rearing and Children
Chapter 4. A User Theory of Law: Fourth Annual Alfred P. Murrah Lecture
Chapter 5. The Subordination Of Women In Comparative Perspective
Chapter 6. The ADR Explosion: Implications of Rhetoric in the Legal Reform
Chapter 7. Post- Interpretive Anthropology
Chapter 8. Orientalism, Occidentalism, and the Control of Women
Chapter 9. From Legal Process to Mind Processing
Chapter 10. Civilization and its Negotiations
Chapter 11. Coercive Harmony: The Political Economy of Legal Models
Chapter 12. The Three-Cornered Constellation: Magic, Science, and Religion Revisited
Chapter 13. The Phantom Factor: Impact of the Cold War on Anthropology
Chapter 14. Postscript on the Phantom Factor: More Ethnography of Anthropology
Chapter 15. Controlling Processes: Tracing the Dynamic Components of Power
Chapter 16. Pushing the Limits: Eclecticism on Purpose
Chapter 17. In a Woman’s Looking Glass: Normative Blindness and Unresolved Human Rights Issues
Chapter 18. Crime as a Category
Chapter 19. Breaking the Silence: Politics and Professional Autonomy
Chapter 20. Iraq and Democracy
Chapter 21. Law and the Theory of Lack: The 2005 Rudolph B. Schlesinger Lecture on International and Comparative Law
Chapter 22. Promise or Plunder? A Past and Future Look at Law and Development
Chapter 23. What the Rest Think of the West: Legal Dimensions
Chapter 24. The Words We Use: Justice, Human Rights and the Sense of Injustice
Chapter 25. Vengeance, Barbarism, and Osama Bin Laden: Full Circle
Chapter 26. Three Jihads—Islamic, Christian, and Jewish
Chapter 27. The Anthropologist, the State, the Empire and the “Tribe:” New Dimensions from Akbar Ahmed’s The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam. (Brookings Press, 2013)
Chapter 28. Whose Comparative Law? A Global Perspective

Biblography
Index
 

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