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Context, Models and Anthropologists' Accounts
Edited by Deborah James, Evelyn Plaice and Christina Toren
228 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-84545-641-2 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (March 2010)
ISBN 978-0-85745-661-8 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (June 2012)
eISBN 978-1-84545-811-9 eBook
"an important and very interesting contribution to, first of all, critical and reflexive anthropology…Every chapter offers fresh insights into a key area of critical anthropology. Undoubtedly, the volume is very well organized, thoroughly substantiated, and interestingly written. I believe that the reviewed collection of articles is a distinguished, very useful, and sometimes provocative reading for all scholars concerned with a critical approach to social science and especially to social anthropology" · Anthropos
The relationship between anthropologists’ ethnographic investigations and the lived social worlds in which these originate is a fundamental issue for anthropology. Where some claim that only native voices may offer authentic accounts of culture and hence that ethnographers are only ever interpreters of it, others point out that anthropologists are, themselves, implanted within specific cultural contexts which generate particular kinds of theoretical discussions. The contributors to this volume reject the premise that ethnographer and informant occupy different and incommensurable “cultural worlds.” Instead they investigate the relationship between culture, context, and anthropologists’ models and accounts in new ways. In doing so, they offer fresh insights into this key area of anthropological research.
Deborah James is Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics. Her research interests, focused on South Africa, include migration, ethnomusicology, ethnicity, property relations and the politics of land reform. She is author of Songs of the Women Migrants: Performance and Identity in South Africa (Edinburgh University Press, 1999) and of Gaining Ground? “Rights” and “Property” in South African Land Reform (Routledge, 2007).
Evelyn Plaice is Associate Professor of Anthropology jointly appointed to the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. Her interests include land, identity and the ethnopolitics of land restitution, and the anthropology of education. She has conducted research in both South Africa and Canada and is the author of .The Native Game: Indian-Settler Relations in Central Labrador (ISER, 1990).
Christina Toren is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. Her fieldwork areas are Fiji and the Pacific, and Melanesia, and her theoretical interests include exchange processes; spatio-temporality as a dimension of human being; sociality, kinship and ideas of the person; the analysis of ritual; epistemology; ontogeny as a historical process. Her books include Making Sense of Hierarchy: cognition as social process in Fiji (Athlone, 1990) and Mind, Materiality and History: Explorations in Fijian Ethnography (Routledge, 1999).
Related Link: European Association of Social-Anthropologists (EASA)
Subject: Theory & Methodology in Anthropology General Cultural Studies
Introduction: Culture, context and anthropologists’ accounts
Deborah James and Christina Toren
Chapter 1. Alliances And Avoidance: British Interactions with German-Speaking Anthropologists, 1933–1953
Chapter 2. Serving the Volk? Afrikaner anthropology revisited
Chapter 3. ‘Making Natives’: debating indigeneity in Canada and South Africa
Chapter 4. Culture in the Periphery: Anthropology in the Shadow of Greek Civilisation
Chapter 5. Culture: the Indigenous Account
Chapter 6. We are All Indigenous Now: Culture vs. Nature in representations of the Balkans
Chapter 7. Which cultures, what contexts, and whose accounts? Anatomies of a moral panic in Southall, multi-ethnic London
Chapter 8. “What about White People’s History?” Class, Race and Culture Wars in 21st Century Britain
Chapter 9. A Cosmopolitan Anthropology?
Chapter 10. The door in the middle: six conditions for anthropology
João de Pina-Cabral
Chapter 11. Adam Kuper: An Anthropologist’s Account
Notes on Contributors
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