In Anthropology off the Shelf, leading anthropologists reflect on the craft of writing and the passions that fuel their desire to write books. * First of its kind volume in anthropology in which prominent anthropologists and 3 respected professionals outside the discipline follow the tradition of the "writers on writing" genre to reflect on all aspects of the writing process * Contributors are high-profile in anthropology and many have a strong presence outside the field, in popular culture * Unique in its format: short essays, revealing and straightforward in content and writing style
Alisse Waterston is Professor of Anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Author of Love, Sorrow and Rage: Destitute Women in a Manhattan Residence (1999), she is currently working on two intimate ethnographies: Out of the Shadows of History and Memory: Writing My Father's Life and Narrating Poland. Maria D. Vesperi is Professor of Anthropology at New College of Florida and a trustee of the Poynter Institute. Author of City of Green Benches: Growing Old in a New Downtown (1986), she is currently completing a book on the relationship between ethnographic narrative and narrative journalism and developing a 150-year social history of a utopian community turned company town.
Acknowledgments. Notes on Contributors. Foreword (Cheryl Mwaria). 1. Introduction: The Writer in the Anthropologist (Maria D. Vesperi and Alisse Waterston). Part I: Conceptions. 2. Speaking Truth to Power with Books (Howard Zinn). 3. Remember When Writing Was Fun? Why Academics Should Go On a Low Syllable, Active Voice Diet (Karen Brodkin). 4. The Bard (Carolyn Nordstrom). 5. Saggin' and Braggin' (Lee D. Baker). 6. Stories for Readers: A Few Observations from Outside the Academy (Andrew Barnes). Part II: Creations. 7. Writing Poverty, Drawing Readers: Stories in Love, Sorrow and Rage (Alisse Waterston). 8. Write-ous Indignation: Black Girls, Dilemmas of Cultural Domination and the Struggle to Speak the Skin We Are In (Signithia Fordham). 9. Writing Truth to Power: Racism as Statecraft (Arthur K. Spears). 10. Remembering Octavia (Sharon Ball). 11. Believing in Anthropology as Literature (Ruth Behar). Part III: Receptions. 12. Walking in Zora's Shoes or "Seek[ing] Out de Inside Meanin' of Words": The Intersections of Anthropology, Ethnography, Identity, and Writing (Irma McClaurin). 13. Off the Shelf and Into Oblivion? (Catherine Kingfisher). 14. "Don't Use Your Data as a Pillow" (S. Eben Kirksey). 15. The Trope of the Pith Helmet: America's Anthropology, Anthropology's America (Micaela di Leonardo). 16. The Book that Wrote Me (Roger Sanjek). 17. Fighting Words (Paul Farmer). 18. Taking Chances (Maria D. Vesperi). Index.
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