Anthropology Off the Shelf: Anthropologists on Writing

Anthropology Off the Shelf: Anthropologists on Writing

By: Maria D. Vesperi (editor), Alisse Waterston (editor)Paperback

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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

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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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  • publication date: 07/01/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781444338799
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9781444338799
  • weight: 360
  • ISBN10: 144433879X

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