An Anthropology of the Subject

Holographic Worldview in New Guinea and Its Meaning and Significance for the World of Anthropology

Author: Roy Wagner

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520925823

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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An Anthropology of the Subject rounds out the theoretical-philosophical cosmos of one of the twentieth century's most intellectually adventurous anthropologists. Roy Wagner, having turned "culture" and "symbols" inside out (in The Invention of Culture and Symbols That Stand for Themselves, respectively), now does the same for the "subject" and subjectivity. In studying the human subject and the way human culture mirrors itself, Wagner has redefined holography as "the exact equivalence, or comprehensive identity, of part and whole in any human contingency."

An Anthropological Trompe L'Oeil for a Common World

An Essay on the Economy of Knowledge

Author: Alberto Corsín Jiménez

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 0857459120

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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Our political age is characterized by forms of description as 'big' as the world itself: talk of 'public knowledge' and 'public goods,' 'the commons' or 'global justice' create an exigency for modes of governance that leave little room for smallness itself. Rather than question the politics of adjudication between the big and the small, this book inquires instead into the cultural epistemology fueling the aggrandizement and miniaturization of description itself. Incorporating analytical frameworks from science studies, ethnography, and political and economic theory, this book charts an itinerary for an internal anthropology of theorizing. It suggests that many of the effects that social theory uses today to produce insights are the legacy of baroque epistemological tricks. In particular, the book undertakes its own trompe l'oeil as it places description at perpendicular angles to emerging forms of global public knowledge. The aesthetic 'trap' of the trompe l'oeil aims to capture knowledge, for only when knowledge is captured can it be properly released.

Symbols that Stand for Themselves

Author: Roy Wagner

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226869292

Category: Social Science

Page: 150

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This important new work by Roy Wagner is about the autonomy of symbols and their role in creating culture. Its argument, anticipated in the author's previous book, The Invention of Culture, is at once symbolic, philosophical, and evolutionary: meaning is a form of perception to which human beings are physically and mentally adapted. Using examples from his many years of research among the Daribi people of New Guinea as well as from Western culture, Wagner approaches the question of the creation of meaning by examining the nonreferential qualities of symbols—such as their aesthetic and formal properties—that enable symbols to stand for themselves.

Coyote Anthropology

Author: Roy Wagner

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 080326819X

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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Coyote Anthropology shatters anthropology’s vaunted theories of practice and offers a radical and comprehensive alternative for the new century. Building on his seminal contributions to symbolic analysis, Roy Wagner repositions anthropology at the heart of the creation of meaning—in terms of what anthropology perceives, how it goes about representing its subjects, and how it understands and legitimizes itself. Of particular concern is that meaning is comprehended and created through a complex and continually unfolding process predicated on what is not there—the unspoken, the unheard, the unknown—as much as on what is there. Such powerful absences, described by Wagner as “anti-twins,” are crucial for the invention of cultures and any discipline that proposes to study them. As revealed through conversations between Wagner and Coyote, Wagner's anti-twin, a coyote anthropology should be as much concerned with absence as with presence if it is to depict accurately the dynamic and creative worlds of others. Furthermore, Wagner suggests that anthropologists not only be aware of what informs and conditions their discipline but also understand the range of necessary exclusions that permit anthropology to do what it does. Sly and enticing, probing and startling, Coyote Anthropology beckons anthropologists to draw closer to the center of all things, known and unknown.

Muslim Worldviews and Everyday Lives

Author: El-Sayed el-Aswad

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 0759121192

Category: Religion

Page: 233

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The book is critical to understanding Muslim worldviews today, providing an analysis of ethno-cosmology, emic interpretation of sacred tradition, and crucial insight into modernity, folklore, geography, dreams, imagination, hybridity, and identity transformation.

The Napo Runa of Amazonian Ecuador

Author: Michael Uzendoski

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252030079

Category: History

Page: 198

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Based upon historical and archival research, as well as the author's years of fieldwork in indigenous communities, Michael Uzendoski's theoretically informed work analyzes value from the perspective of the Napo Runa people of the Amazonian Ecuador. Written in a clear and readable style, The Napo Runa of Amazonian Ecuador presents theoretical issues of value, poetics, and kinship as linked to the author's intersubjective experiences in Napo Runa culture. Drawing on insights from the theory of gift and value, Uzendoski argues that Napo Runa culture personifies value by transforming things into people through a process of subordinating them to human relationships. While many traditional exchange models treat the production of things as inconsequential, the Napo Runa understand production to involve a relationship with natural beings (plants, animals, spirits of the forest), which are considered to be subjects that share spiritual substance, or samai. Throughout the book, value is revealed as the outcome of a complicated poetics of transformation by which things and persons are woven into kinship forms that define daily social and ritual life.

The Ecology of Power

Culture, Place and Personhood in the Southern Amazon, AD 1000–2000

Author: Michael J. Heckenberger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135941661

Category: History

Page: 432

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In 1884 a community of Brazilians was "discovered" by the Western world. The Ecology of Power examines these indigenous people from the Upper Xingu region, a group who even today are one of the strongest examples of long-term cultural continuity. Drawing upon written and oral history, ethnography, and archaeology, Heckenberger addresses the difficult issues facing anthropologists today as they "uncover" the muted voices of indigenous peoples and provides a fascinating portrait of a unique community of people who have in a way become living cultural artifacts.

The Invention of Culture

Author: Roy Wagner

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022642331X

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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In anthropology, a field that is known for its critical edge and intellectual agility, few books manage to maintain both historical value and contemporary relevance. Roy Wagner's The Invention of Culture, originally published in 1975, is one. Wagner breaks new ground by arguing that culture arises from the dialectic between the individual and the social world. Rooting his analysis in the relationships between invention and convention, innovation and control, and meaning and context, he builds a theory that insists on the importance of creativity, placing people-as-inventors at the heart of the process that creates culture. In an elegant twist, he shows that this very process ultimately produces the discipline of anthropology itself. Tim Ingold’s foreword to the new edition captures the exhilaration of Wagner’s book while showing how the reader can journey through it and arrive safely—though transformed—on the other side.

We are Playing Football

Sport and Postcolonial Subjectivity, Panapompom, Papua New Guinea

Author: Will Rollason

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 250

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Originally issued as the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Manchester, 2008.

Religion, Anthropology, and Cognitive Science

Author: Harvey Whitehouse,James Laidlaw

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 286

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Part of the Ritual Studies Monograph Series, this book examines longstanding debates in the anthropology of religion concerning the connections between ritual and meaning, belief, politics, emotion, development, and gender. But it examines these old topics from a radically new perspective: that of the cognitive science of religion. As such the volume identifies potential solutions to established problems but it also sets out a program for future research in the field. The volume includes a substantial introduction from Harvey Whitehouse and James Laidlaw who highlight the connections between key issues in the history of religious anthropology and the latest findings of scientific psychology. This volume, they argue, presents us with potential solutions to old problems but also with a series of new and exciting challenges.

Poetics in architecture

Author: Leon Van Schaik

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Architectural design

Page: 128

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Can architecture directly engage with the inner experience of people? Does it have universal or spiritual content? Poetics in Architecture attempts to address these questions by looking at the essence of meaning of architecture and considering the human response to buildings. Schaik's concern is that by focusing on technical refinements and new procedural models architects are in danger of alienating the collective human connections we make with buildings. This title brings together the views of a fascinating and diverse group of architects and theoreticians from all over the world including Bolles-Wilson, Boyarsky Wilson, Winka Dubbledam, Sean Godsell, Mark Goulthorpe of dECOI and Tom Kovac.

E.T. culture

anthropology in outerspaces

Author: Debbora Battaglia

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

ISBN: 9780822336327

Category: Religion

Page: 281

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Cultural readings of alien encounters.

How Do We Know?

Evidence, Ethnography, and the Making of Anthropological Knowledge

Author: Liana Chua,Casey High,Timm Lau

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 225

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Since its inception, modern anthropology has stood at the confluence of two mutually constitutive modes of knowledge production: participant-observation and theoretical analysis. This unique combination of practice and theory has been the subject of recurrent intellectual and methodological debate, raising questions that strike at the very heart of the discipline. How Do We Know? is a timely contribution to emerging debates that seek to understand this relationship through the theme of evidence. Incorporating a diverse selection of case studies ranging from the Tibetan emotion of shame to films of Caribbean musicians, it critically addresses such questions as: What constitutes viable anthropological evidence? How does evidence generated through small-scale, intensive periods of participant-observation challenge or engender abstract theoretical models? Are certain types of evidence inherently better than others? How have recent interdisciplinary collaborations and technological innovations altered the shape of anthropological evidence? Extending a long-standing tradition of reflexivity within the discipline, the contributions to this volume are ethnographically-grounded and analytically ambitious meditations on the theme of evidence. Cumulatively, they challenge the boundaries of what anthropologists recognise and construct as evidence, while pointing to its thematic and conceptual potential in future anthropologies.