Anthropology as Cultural Critique: An Experimental Moment in by George E. Marcus

By George E. Marcus

Utilizing cultural anthropology to research debates that reverberate during the human sciences, George E. Marcus and Michael M. J. Fischer glance heavily at cultural anthropology's prior accomplishments, its present predicaments, its destiny course, and the insights it has to supply different fields of research. the result's a provocative paintings that's vital for students attracted to a serious method of social technological know-how, artwork, literature, and historical past, in addition to anthropology. This moment version considers new demanding situations to the sphere that have arisen because the book's unique ebook.

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1) I t is man' s en emy in a pe rpetu al battle over the swiddens. Wild boar bre ak down fences and ravage gard en s they are both aggre ss ive and cun n ing, biding their ti m e but grasping every opportunity. Wild boar is th e refore seen as an anti- ferti l ity force : as the great despoiler. ( 2 ) It is far the large s t and also the most dangerous game animal, i ts meat is of high quality. It is therefore eagerly hunted - both for its meat and as a sign of the hunter' s courage and s kil l It thus st ands as an embod i ment of( enemy) strength.

But the symbolism was cast in a culturally recognizable fonn, and became not only tolerated but adopted by his group - precisely, I would argue� be ca use it addressed itself in an incremental step to conceptu al problems which people could e xperience as unre so l ved. Continui ng from this poi nt, I can speculate on several developments of possible i magery - e. g. using wild boar fa� instead of cenain sacrificial marsupials, to give power to the fighting and hunti ng arrows in the Wonsa ritual ( ibid : 70) , and thereby opening for the identification of wild boar fat as symbolic semen.

So he traces different ideas, view­ points, arguments of substance between past and present scholars, and he explores the paths and departures of social anthropology as an emerging ( and 18 Reading sequence very inconsiste nt and confused) tradition of knowledge with no pre- se t and over arc hin g order. Or look at another book by an an thropolo gi s� called - Anthropology and A nthropologists 1983 ) , - The M odern British School ( Kuper with again the same approach. I pro pos e that we should work on the hypothes i s that the ritual occas ions of the Ok people are m ajo r occ asions in the genesis of their tradition of knowledge, as si gn ific a nt in it as the major mon� gr a phs , seminal anicles, and innovati v e lectures are in ours.

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