Mimesis and Alterity

Author: Michael Taussig
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781351853866
Release Date: 2018-05-30
Genre: Social Science

In this ambitious and accomplished work, Taussig explores the complex and interwoven concepts of mimesis, the practice of imitation, and alterity, the opposition of Self and Other. The book moves from the nineteenth-century invention of mimetically capacious machines, such as the camera, to the fable of colonial ‘first contact’ and the alleged mimetic power of ‘primitives’. Twenty years after the original publication, Taussig revisits the work in a new preface which contextualises the impact of Mimesis and Alterity. Drawing on the ideas of Benjamin, Adorno and Horckheimer and ethnographic accounts of the Cuna, Taussig demonstrates how the history of mimesis is deeply tied to colonialism and the idea of alterity has become increasingly unstable. Vigorous and unorthodox, this cross-cultural discussion continues to deepen our understanding of the relationship between ethnography, racism and society.

The Ethics of Anthropology

Author: Pat Caplan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134435647
Release Date: 2004-03-01
Genre: Social Science

Since the inception of their discipline, anthropologists have studied virtually every conceivable aspect of other peoples' morality - religion, social control, sin, virtue, evil, duty, purity and pollution. But what of the examination of anthropology itself, and of its agendas, epistemes, theories and praxes? In 1991, Raymond Firth spoke of social anthropology as an essentially moral discipline. Is such a view outmoded in a postmodern era? Do anthropological ethics have to be re-thought each generation as the conditions of the discipline change, and as choices collide with moral alternatives? The Ethics of Anthropology looks at some of these crucial issues as they reflect on researcher relations, privacy, authority, secrecy and ownership of knowledge. The book combines theoretical papers and case studies from eminent scholars including Lisette Josephides, Steven Nugent, Marilyn Silverman, Andrew Spiegel and Veronica Strang. Showing how the topic of ethics goes to the heart of anthropology, it raises the controversial question of why - and for whom - the anthropological discipline functions.

The Senses in Performance

Author: Sally Banes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134460700
Release Date: 2012-08-21
Genre: Performing Arts

This ground-breaking anthology is the first to be dedicated to assessing critically the role of the human sensorium in performance. Senses in Performance presents a multifaceted approach to the methodological, theoretical, practical and historical challenges facing the scholar and the artist. This volume examines the subtle actions of the human senses including taste, touch, smell and vision in all sorts of performances in Western and non-Western traditions, from ritual to theatre, from dance to interactive architecture, from performance art to historical opera. With eighteen original essays brought together by an international ensemble of leading scholars and artists including Richard Schechner and Philip Zarrilli. This covers a variety of disciplinary fields from critical studies to performance studies, from food studies to ethnography from drama to architecture. Written in an accessible way this volume will appeal to scholars and non-scholars interested in Performance/Theatre Studies and Cultural Studies.

A Companion to Border Studies

Author: Thomas M. Wilson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118255254
Release Date: 2012-03-28
Genre: Social Science

A Companion to Border Studies introduces an excitingand expanding field of interdisciplinary research, through thewriting of an international array of scholars, from diverseperspectives that include anthropology, development studies,geography, history, political science and sociology. Explores how nations and cultural identities are beingtransformed by their dynamic, shifting borders where mobility issometimes facilitated, other times impeded or prevented Offers an array of international views which together form anauthoritative guide for students, instructors and researchers Reflects recent significant growth in the importance ofunderstanding the distinctive characteristics of borders andfrontiers, including cross-border cooperation, security andcontrols, migration and population displacements, hybridity, andtransnationalism

Masterpieces of Non western World Literature

Author: Thomas L. Cooksey
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 0313338582
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Literary Criticism

While American and European writers are still central to the high school curriculum, more and more students and teachers are discovering the great literary works outside the Western tradition. This book provides critical essays on 10 masterpieces of non-Western literature, including Gilgamesh, The Tale of Genji, and Quetzalcoatl. Each essay explains the work's historical and cultural contexts, plot, major characters, central themes, and lasting influence. Chapters cite works for further reading, and the book closes with a bibliography.


ISBN: IND:30000103789511
Release Date: 1993
Genre: Semantics

Experimental ethnography

Author: Catherine Russell
Publisher: Duke Univ Pr
ISBN: UOM:39015043045932
Release Date: 1999-01
Genre: Performing Arts

Experimental film and ethnographic film have long been considered separate, autonomous practices on the margins of mainstream cinema. By exploring the interplay between the two forms, Catherine Russell throws new light on both the avant-garde and visual anthropology. Russell provides detailed analyses of more than thirty-five films and videos from the 1890s to the 1990s and discusses a wide range of film and videomakers, including Georges Meacute;liegrave;s, Maya Deren, Peter Kubelka, Ray Birdwhistell, Jean Rouch, Su Friedrich, Bill Viola, Kidlat Tahimik, Margaret Mead, Tracey Moffatt, and Chantal Akerman. Arguing that video enables us to see film differently-not as a vanishing culture but as bodies inscripted in technology, Russell maps the slow fade from modernism to postmodern practices. Combining cultural critique with aesthetic analysis, she explores the dynamics of historical interruption, recovery, and reevaluation. As disciplinary boundaries dissolve, Russell contends, ethnography is a means of renewing the avant-gardism of "experimental" film, of mobilizing its play with language and form for historical ends. "Ethnography" likewise becomes an expansive term in which culture is represented from many different and fragmented perspectives. Original in both its choice of subject and its theoretical and methodological approaches,Experimental Ethnographywill appeal to visual anthropologists, as well as film scholars interested in experimental and documentary practices.

Social Rituals and the Verbal Art of Zora Neale

Author: Lynda Marion Hill
ISBN: UOM:39015035767683
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Literary Criticism

In Social Rituals and the Verbal Art of Zora Neale Hurston, Dr. Hill examines Hurston's concept of "everyday-life drama" as a basis for understanding distinctive features of African-American folk expression. Readers familiar with Hurston's work will enjoy the unique way in which Dr. Hill analyzes Hurston's folklore as part of a process rather than simply as texts severed from their field-research context. Dr. Hill's use of performance as an analytical model that crosses disciplines - including folklore, anthropology, literature, theater, African-American studies, and women's studies - provides a unique window on Hurston's life and work.

Dying to be Born

Author: Elena Feder Tuchschneider
ISBN: STANFORD:36105009603403
Release Date: 1997

Forthcoming Books

Author: Rose Arny
ISBN: UOM:39015038913821
Release Date: 1997-06
Genre: American literature

Global nature global culture

Author: Sarah Franklin
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
ISBN: UOM:49015002551274
Release Date: 2000-12-08
Genre: Political Science

This volume is an innovative exploration of understandings of globalisation in relation to the nature, culture and gender concerns of two decades of feminist theory.