Culture, Power, Place: Explorations in Critical Anthropology

Culture, Power, Place: Explorations in Critical Anthropology

By: James Ferguson (editor), Akhil Gupta (editor)Paperback

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Anthropology has traditionally relied on a spatially localized society or culture as its object of study. The essays in Culture, Power, Place demonstrate how in recent years this anthropological convention and its attendant assumptions about identity and cultural difference have undergone a series of important challenges. In light of increasing mass migration and the transnational cultural flows of a late capitalist, postcolonial world, the contributors to this volume examine shifts in anthropological thought regarding issues of identity, place, power, and resistance. This collection of both new and well-known essays begins by critically exploring the concepts of locality and community; first, as they have had an impact on contemporary global understandings of displacement and mobility, and, second, as they have had a part in defining identity and subjectivity itself. With sites of discussion ranging from a democratic Spain to a Puerto Rican barrio in North Philadelphia, from Burundian Hutu refugees in Tanzania to Asian landscapes in rural California, from the silk factories of Hangzhou to the long-sought-after home of the Palestinians, these essays examine the interplay between changing schemes of categorization and the discourses of difference on which these concepts are based. The effect of the placeless mass media on our understanding of place-and the forces that make certain identities viable in the world and others not-are also discussed, as are the intertwining of place-making, identity, and resistance as they interact with the meaning and consumption of signs. Finally, this volume offers a self-reflective look at the social and political location of anthropologists in relation to the questions of culture, power, and place-the effect of their participation in what was once seen as their descriptions of these constructions. Contesting the classical idea of culture as the shared, the agreed upon, and the orderly, Culture, Power, Place is an important intervention in the disciplines of anthropology and cultural studies. Contributors. George E. Bisharat, John Borneman, Rosemary J. Coombe, Mary M. Crain, James Ferguson, Akhil Gupta, Kristin Koptiuch, Karen Leonard, Richard Maddox, Lisa H. Malkki, John Durham Peters, Lisa Rofel

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Akhil Gupta is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University. James Ferguson is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.


Acknowledgments vii Culture, Power, Place: Ethnography at the End of an Era / Akhil Gupta and James Ferguson 1 Part I: Space, Culture, Identity Beyond "Culture": Space, Identity, and the Politics of Difference / Akhil Gupta and James Ferguson 33 National Geographic: The Rooting of Peoples and the Territorialization of National Identity among Scholars and Refugees / Liisa H. Malkki 52 Seeing Bifocally: Media, Place, Culture / John Durham Peters 75 State, Territory, and National Identity Formation in the Two Berlins, 1945-1995 / John Borneman 93 Finding One's Own Place: Asian Landscapes Re-visioned in Rural California / Karen Leonard 118 The Country and the City on the Copperbelt / James Ferguson 137 Rethinking Modernity: Space and Factory Discipline in China / Lisa Rofel 155 The Song of the Nonaligned World: Transnational Identities and the Reinscription of Space in Late Capitalism / Akhil Gupta 179 Part II: Culture, Power, Resistance Exile to Compatriot: Transformations in the Social Identity of Palestinian Refugees in the West Bank / George E. Bisharat 203 Third-Worlding at Home / Kristin Koptiuch 234 The Demonic Place of the "Not There": Trademark Rumors in the Postindustrial Imaginary / Rosemary J. Coombe 249 Bombs, Bikinis, and the Popes of Rock 'n' Roll: Reflections on Resistance, the Play of Subordinations, and Liberalism in Andalusia and Academia, 1983-1995 / Richard Maddox 277 The Remaking of an Andalusian Pilgrimage Tradition: Debates Regarding Visual (Re)presentation and the Meanings of "Locality" in a Global Era / Mary M. Crain 291 Works Cited 313 Index 347 Contributors 359

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  • ISBN13: 9780822319405
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 376
  • ID: 9780822319405
  • ISBN10: 0822319403

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