Anthropology begins in the encounter with the 'exotic': what stands outside of-and challenges-conventional or established understandings. This volume confronts the distortions of orientalism, ethnocentrism, and romantic nostalgia to expose exoticism, defined as the construction of false and unsubstantiated difference. Its aim is to re-found the importance of the exotic in the development of anthropological knowledge and to overcome methodological dualisms and dualistic approaches.
Bruce Kapferer is Director of an ERC Advanced Grant on Egalitarianism at the University of Bergen. He was the Foundation Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Adelaide and later James Cook University. He was the Professor and Chair of Anthropology at University College London, where he is now also Honorary Professor. Dimitrios Theodossopoulos is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Kent. He has conducted research in Panama and Greece, focusing on processes of resistance, exoticisation, authenticity, tourism, environmentalism, and the politics of cultural representation and protest.
Introduction: Against Exoticism Bruce Kapferer and Dimitrios Theodossopoulos Chapter 1. On Ethnographic Nostalgia: Exoticizing and De-exoticizing the Embera, for Example Dimitrios Theodossopoulos Chapter 2. Between Triste Tropique and Cultural Creativity: Modern Times and the Vanishing Primitive Pnina Werbner Chapter 3. The Exotic Albatross: Exotic Indians, Exotic Theory Stephen Nugent Chapter 4. Living the Li(f)e: Negotiating Paradise in Southern Sri Lanka Maurice Said Chapter 5. Bahia of All Saints, Enchantments and Dreams: Female Tourists, Capoeira Practitioners, and The Exotic Theodora Lefkaditou Chapter 6. From Primitive to Culturally Distinct: Patachitra Art and Self-Exoticization in West Bengal Urmi Bhattacharyya Afterword Bruce Kapferer and Dimitrios Theodossopoulos Index