Up Close and Personal: On Peripheral Perspectives and the Production of Anthropological Knowledge (Methodology & History in Anthropology 25)

Up Close and Personal: On Peripheral Perspectives and the Production of Anthropological Knowledge (Methodology & History in Anthropology 25)

By: Susanna Trnka (author), Cris Shore (author)Hardback

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"A stimulating collection of interviews...Its value is in the biographical glimpses, intellectual perspectives and methodological insights each offer into their work. The dialogical approach works well...[T]he volume illustrates the dynamic relationship between anthropological theorizing and political practice. Rather than celebrate anthropology, the book's role is perhaps to champion iconoclasm and the unorthodox approaches that seem to characterize many anthropological careers." * David Mills, Oxford University Combining rich personal accounts from twelve veteran anthropologists with reflexive analyses of the state of anthropology today, this book is a treatise on theory and method offering fresh insights into the production of anthropological knowledge, from the creation of key concepts to major paradigm shifts. Particular focus is given to how "peripheral perspectives" can help re-shape the discipline and the ways that anthropologists think about contemporary culture and society. From urban Maori communities in Aotearoa/New Zealand to the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, from Arnhem Land in Australia to the villages of Yorkshire, these accounts take us to the heart of the anthropological endeavor, decentering mainstream perspectives, and revealing the intimate relationships and processes that create anthropological knowledge.

About Author

Cris Shore is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Auckland. He is author of ten books, including Building Europe: the Cultural Politics of European Integration (Routledge, 2000); Corruption: Anthropological Perspectives (edited with Dieter Haller, Pluto, 2005); Policy Worlds: Anthropology and the Analysis of Contemporary Power (edited with Davide Per? and Susan Wright, Berghahn Books, 2011); and The Sage Handbook of Social Anthropology (edited with Richard Fardon, Olivia Harris, Trevor Marchant, Mark Nuttal, Veronica Strang, and Richard Wilson, Sage, 2012). Susanna Trnka is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Auckland. Her publications include Senses and Citizenships: Embodying Political Life (edited with Christine Dureau and Julie Park, Routledge, 2013); State of Suffering: Political Violence and Community Survival in Fiji (Cornell University Press, 2008); Young Women of Prague (with Alena Heitlinger, Macmillan Press, 1997); and the edited volume Bodies of Bread and Butter: Reconfiguring Women's Lives in the Post-Communist Czech Republic (Prague Gender Studies Centre, 1993).


Preface Acknowledgements List of Illustrations Introduction: Observing Anthropologists: Professional Knowledge, Practice and Lives Cris Shore and Susanna Trnka Chapter 1. Suffering, Selfhood and Anthropological Encounters Michael Jackson Chapter 2. Anthropology, Ontology and the Maori World Anne Salmond Chapter 3. Building Bridges: Maori and Pakeha Relations Joan Metge Chapter 4. 'Culture', 'Race' and 'Me': living the anthropology of Indigenous Australians Gillian Cowlishaw Chapter 5. Finding One's Way in Arnhem Land Nicolas Peterson Chapter 6. Art as Action: The Yolngu Howard Morphy Chapter 7. Rethinking Nature and Nativeness David Trigger Chapter 8. More than Local, Less than Global: Anthropology in the Contemporary World Christopher Pinney Chapter 9. Beyond Selling Out: Art, Tourism and Indigenous Self-Representation Nelson Graburn Chapter 10. Sovereign Individuals and the Ontology of Selfhood Nigel Rapport Chapter 11. Hidden Histories and Political Transformations Susan Wright Chapter 12. Gender Ideology, Property Relations and Melanesia: The Field of "M" Marilyn Strathern Conclusion: Looking Ahead: Anthropology, Past Connections, Future Directions Cris Shore and Susanna Trnka

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  • ISBN13: 9780857458469
  • Format: Hardback, Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 284
  • ID: 9780857458469
  • weight: 550
  • ISBN10: 0857458469

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