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Redescribing Relations

Author : Ashley Lebner
ISBN : 1785334573
Genre : Social Science
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Marilyn Strathern is among the most creative and celebrated contemporary anthropologists, and her work draws interest from across the humanities and social sciences. Redescribing Relations brings some of Strathern's most committed and renowned readers into conversation in her honour – especially on themes she has rarely engaged. The volume not only deepens our understanding of Strathern's work, it also offers models of how to extend her relational insights to new terrains. With a comprehensive introduction, a complete list of Strathern's publications and a historic interview published in English for the first time, this is an invaluable resource for Strathern's old and new interlocutors alike.

Before And After Gender

Author : Marilyn Strathern
ISBN : 0986132535
Genre : Sex role
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Written in the early 1970s amidst widespread debate over the causes of gender inequality, Marilyn Strathern's Before and After Gender was intended as a widely accessible analysis of gender as a powerful cultural code and sex as a defining mythology. But when the series for which it was written unexpectedly folded, the manuscript went into storage, where it remained for more than four decades. This book finally brings it to light, giving the long-lost feminist work--accompanied here by an afterword from Judith Butler--an overdue spot in feminist history. Strathern incisively engages some of the leading feminist thinkers of the time, including Shulamith Firestone, Simone de Beauvoir, Ann Oakley, and Kate Millett. Building with characteristic precision toward a bold conclusion in which she argues that we underestimate the materializing grammars of sex and gender at our own peril, she offers a powerful challenge to the intransigent mythologies of sex that still plague contemporary society. The result is a sweeping display of Strathern's vivid critical thought and an important contribution to feminist studies that has gone unpublished for far too long.

An Anthropology Of Names And Naming

Author : Gabriele vom Bruck
ISBN : 052112171X
Genre : Social Science
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This book is about personal names, something of abiding interest to specialists and lay readers alike. Over a million people have checked the American Name Society website since 1996, for instance. Many philosophers and linguists suggest that names are 'just' labels, but parents internationally are determined to get their children's names 'right'. Personal names may be given, lost, traded, stolen and inherited. This collection of essays provides comparative ethnography through which we examine the politics of naming; the extent to which names may be property-like; and the power of names themselves, both to fix and to destabilize personal identity. Our purpose is not only to renew anthropological attention to names and naming, but to show how this intersects with current interests in political processes, the relation between bodies and personal identities, ritual and daily social life.

Shifting Contexts

Author : Marilyn Strathern
ISBN : 9781134840731
Genre : Social Science
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To suppose anthropological analysis can shift between global and local perspectives may well imply that the two co-exist as broader and narrower horizons or contexts of knowledge. The proof for this can be found in ethnographic accounts where contrasts are repeatedly drawn between the encompassing realm and everyday life or in value systems which sumultaneously trivialise and aggrandise or in shifts between what pertains to the general or to the particular.

Situated Intervention

Author : Teun Zuiderent-Jerak
ISBN : 9780262029384
Genre : Medical
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An exploration of sociological research that is neither "detached" nor "engaged"; a new approach to sociological knowledge production, with examples from health care.

The Art Of Anthropology

Author : Alfred Gell
ISBN : 1845204840
Genre : Social Science
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This work collects together the most influential of Gell's writings with a new introductory chapter written by Gell. The essays vividly demonstrate Gell's theoretical and empirical interests and his distinctive contribution to several key areas of current anthropological enquiry. A central theme of the essays is Gel's highly original exploration of diagrammatic imagery as the site where social relations and cognitive processes converge and crystallise. Gell tracks this imagery across studies of tribal market transactions, dance forms, the iconicity of language and his most recent and groundbreaking analyses of artworks.

The Secular Spectacle

Author : Chad E. Seales
ISBN : 9780199860289
Genre : History
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The manufacturing town of Siler City, North Carolina, was transformed by the arrival of Latino migrants in the 1990s. Using ethnographic and archival sources, Chad E. Seales argues that white Protestants in Siler ritually engaged material cultures of racial segregation and southern industrialization that had been forged in the early twentieth century in order to reclaim public space following the arrival of Latino Catholics. Seales offers a new approach to the study of material religion by considering not just how Protestants use material objects within the bounds of recognizable Christian practice, but also how they use those morally charged material objects to maintain religious order in secular life. In 1901, for example, Confederate Colonel John Randolph Lane led the inaugural Fourth of July parade in downtown Siler City. For southern whites, his bodily performance represented the real presence of Confederate sacrifice for Christian homes. Across the twentieth century,white Protestants publically displayed the moral order embodied by Lane, an order predicated on the racialization of the town's inhabitants, in the annual rites surrounding the Fourth of July parade. At the end of the twentieth century, they renewed the downtown parade in response to Latino Catholics, who had demonstrated their public presence through the ritual performance of the crucifixion of Jesus in a Good Friday procession. Using the contrast between parades and processions, along with other examples, Seales argues that southern whites cultivated their own regional brand of American secularism and used it to claim and regulate public spaces

Partial Connections

Author : Marilyn Strathern, Professor, University of Cambridge
ISBN : 9780759114937
Genre : Social Science
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Available with a new Preface, Marilyn Strathern's seminal book challenges the routine ways in which anthropologists have thought about the complexity and quantity of their materials, focusing on a problem normally thought of as commonplace; that of scale and proportion. Revealing unexpected replications in modes of thought and in the presentation of ambiguous images, Strathern has fashioned a unique contribution to the anthropological corpus.

Culture And Well Being

Author : Alberto Corsin Jimenez
ISBN : 0745326803
Genre : Social Science
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The concept of well-being has emerged as a key category of social and political thought, especially in the fields of moral and political philosophy, development studies and economics. This book takes a critical look at the notion of well-being by examining what well-being means, or could mean, to people living in a number of different regions including Sudan, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, India, Sierra Leone and the UK. The contributors take issue with some of the assumptions behind Western concepts of well-being. They explore what characterises a ‘good life’ and how this idea has been affected by globalisation and neoliberalism. The book makes a major contribution to social theory by presenting new analytical models that make sense of the changing shapes of people’s life and ethical values.

Kinship Law And The Unexpected

Author : Marilyn Strathern
ISBN : 9781139444958
Genre : Social Science
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How can we hold in the same view both cultural or historical constructs and generalities about social existence? Kinship, Law and the Unexpected takes up an issue at the heart of studies of society - the way we use relationships to uncover relationships. Relationality is a phenomenon at once contingent (on certain ways of knowing) and ubiquitous (to social life). The role of relations in western (Euro-American) knowledge practices, from the scientific revolution onwards, raises a question about the extent to which Euro-American kinship is the kinship of a knowledge-based society. The argument takes the reader through current issues in biotechnology, new family formations and legal interventions, and intellectual property debates, to matters of personhood and ownership afforded by material from Melanesia and elsewhere. If we are often surprised by what our relatives do, we may also be surprised by what relations tells us about the world we live in.

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