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Critical Junctions: Anthropology and History beyond the Cultural Turn

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Critical Junctions

Anthropology and History beyond the Cultural Turn

Edited by Don Kalb and Herman Tak

224 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-008-3 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (May 2005)

ISBN  978-1-84545-029-8 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (July 2006)

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“The editors stake out an appealing middle ground that builds on the expanded notion of class that the cultural turn itself advance against a narrow economism of an earlier generation. Second, the volume reminds us of the legacy of anthropology to historical thinking.”  ·   Journal of Social History

“… highly provocative and, for an edited book, unusually even…Whether moved to agreement or to dissent, the reader will learn much from this timely collection.”  ·  Focaal


The “cultural turn” has been a multifarious and pervasive phenomenon in Western universities and modes of social knowledge since the early 1980s.

This volume focuses on the conjunction of two disciplines where both the analytic promises as well as the difficulties involved in the meeting of humanist and social science approaches soon became obvious. Anthropologists and historians have come together here in order to recapture, elaborate, and criticize pre-Cultural Turn and non-Cultural Turn modes of analysing structures of experience, feeling, subjectivity and action in human societies and to highlight the still unexploited possibilities developed among others in the work of scholars such as Norbert Elias, Max Gluckman, Eric Wolf, E.P. Thompson and Raymond Williams.

Don Kalb is Professor of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Central European University, Budapest, and Senior Researcher at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. His books include Expanding Class: Power and Everyday Politics in Industrial Communities, The Netherlands, 1850-1950 (Duke University Press 1997); The Ends of Globalization. Bringing Society back in, (ed., Rowman and Littlefield 2000); Globalization and Development: Key Issues and Debates (ed., Kluwer Academic 2004); Headlines of Nation, Subtext of Class: Working Class Populism and the Return of the Repressed in Neoliberal Europe (co-ed (with Gábor Halmai), Berghahn Books 2011). He is the founding editor of Focaal – Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology.

Herman Tak is an Associate Professor of European Anthropology at University College Roosevelt in The Netherlands.

Subject: Theory & Methodology in Anthropology 20th Century History



Introduction: Critical Junctions—Recapturing Anthropology and History
Don Kalb and Herman Tak 1

Chapter 1. Microhistorical Anthropology: Toward a Prospective Perspective
Don Handelman

Chapter 2. The Past in the Present: Actualized History in the Social Construction of Reality
Christian Giordano

Chapter 3. Figurations in Historical Anthropology: Two Kinds of Structural Narrative about Long-Duration Provenances of the Holocaust
Hermann Rebel

Chapter 4. Beyond the Limits of the Visible World: Remapping Historical Anthropology
August Carbonella

Chapter 5. “Bare Legs Like Ice”: Recasting Class for Local/Global Inquiry
Don Kalb

Chapter 6. Prefiguring NAFTA: The Politics of Land Privatization in Neoliberal Mexico
Patricia Musante

Chapter 7. Historical Anthropology through Local-Level Research
Marilyn Silverman and P. H. Gulliver

Chapter 8. Anthropology and History: Opening Points for a New Synthesis
Gerald Sider

Notes on Contributors

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