Ethnography in Unstable Places: Everyday Lives in Contexts of Dramatic Political Change

Ethnography in Unstable Places: Everyday Lives in Contexts of Dramatic Political Change

By: Kay B. Warren (editor), Carol J. Greenhouse (editor), Professor Elizabeth Mertz (editor)Paperback

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Ethnography in Unstable Places is a collection of ethnographic accounts of everyday situations in places undergoing dramatic political transformation. Offering vivid case studies that range from the Middle East and Africa to Europe, Russia, and Southeast Asia, the contributing anthropologists narrate particular circumstances of social and political transformation-in contexts of colonialism, war and its aftermath, social movements, and post-Cold War climates-from the standpoints of ordinary people caught up in and having to cope with the collapse or reconfiguration of the states in which they live. Using grounded ethnographic detail to explore the challenges to the anthropological imagination that are posed by modern uncertainties, the contributors confront the ambiguities and paradoxes that exist across the spectrum of human cultures and geographies. The collection is framed by introductory and concluding chapters that highlight different dimensions of the book's interrelated themes-agency and ethnographic reflexivity, identity and ethics, and the inseparability of political economy and interpretivism. Ethnography in Unstable Places will interest students and specialists in social anthropology, sociology, political science, international relations, and cultural studies.Contributors. Eve Darian-Smith, Howard J. De Nike, Elizabeth Faier, James M. Freeman, Robert T. Gordon, Carol J. Greenhouse, Nguyen Dinh Huu, Carroll McC. Lewin, Elizabeth Mertz, Philip C. Parnell, Nancy Ries, Judy Rosenthal, Kay B. Warren, Stacia E. Zabusky

About Author

Carol J. Greenhouse is Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University. Elizabeth Mertz is Associate Professor of Law and affiliated faculty in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also Senior Research Fellow for the American Bar Foundation. Kay B. Warren is Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University.


Introduction: Altered States, Altered Lives / Carol J. Greenhouse Part One: Law against Culture Ghettos in the Holocaust: The Improvisation of Social Order in a Culture of Terror / Carroll McC. Lewin Unsettled Settlers: Internal Pacification and Vagrancy in Namibia / Robert J. Gordon Judges without Courts: The Legal Culture of German Reunification / Howard J. De Nike Part Two: Ethnographies of Agency in the Fissures of the State Ethnography in/of Transnational Processes: Following Gyres in the Worlds of Big Science and European Integration / Stacia E. Zabusky The Composite State: The Poor and the Nation in Manila / Phillip C. Parnell Domestic Matters: Feminism and Activism Among Palestinian Women in Israel / Elizabeth Faier "Best Interests" and the Repatriation of Vietnamese Unaccompanied Minors / James M. Freeman and Nguyen Dinh Huu Part Three: Resistance and Remembrance Beating the Bounds: Law, Identity, and Territory in the New Europe / Eve Darian-Smith "Honest Bandits" and "Warped People": Russian Narratives about Money, Corruption, and Moral Decay / Nancy Ries Trance Against the State / Judy Rosenthal Part Four: Conclusion The Perfidy of Gaze and the Pain of Uncertainty: Anthropological Theory and the Search for Culture / Elizabeth Mertz Toward in Anthropology of Fragments, Instabilities, and Incomplete Transitions / Kay B. Warren Contributors Works Cited Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780822328483
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 448
  • ID: 9780822328483
  • ISBN10: 0822328488

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