Unwrapping the Sacred Bundle (häftad)
Format
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
184
Utgivningsdatum
2005-05-01
Förlag
Duke University Press
Medarbetare
Yanagisako, Sylvia
Dimensioner
222 x 152 x 19 mm
Vikt
294 g
Antal komponenter
1
ISBN
9780822334743
Unwrapping the Sacred Bundle (häftad)

Unwrapping the Sacred Bundle

Reflections on the Disciplining of Anthropology

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Lively, forceful, and impassioned, Unwrapping the Sacred Bundle is a major intervention in debates about the configuration of the discipline of anthropology. In the essays brought together in this provocative collection, prominent anthropologists consider the effects of and alternatives to the standard definition of the discipline as a "holistic" study of humanity based on the integration of the four fields of archaeology, biological anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. Editors Daniel A. Segal and Sylvia J. Yanagisako provide a powerful introduction to the volume. Unabashed in their criticism of the four-field structure, they argue that North American anthropology is tainted by its roots in nineteenth-century social evolutionary thought.The essayists consider the complex state of anthropology, its relation to other disciplines and the public sphere beyond academia, the significance of the convergence of linguistic and cultural anthropology, and whether or not anthropology is the best home for archaeology. While the contributors are not in full agreement with one another, they all critique "official" definitions of anthropology as having a fixed, four-field core. The editors are keenly aware that anthropology is too protean to be remade along the lines of any master plan, and this volume does not offer one. It does open discussions of anthropology's institutional structure to all possible outcomes, including the refashioning of the discipline as it now exists. Contributors. James Clifford, Ian Hodder, Rena Lederman, Daniel A. Segal, Michael Silverstein, Sylvia J. Yanagisako
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Daniel A. Segal is Jean M. Pitzer Professor of Anthropology and Professor of Historical Studies at Pitzer College. He is a coauthor of Jane Austen and the Fiction of Culture: An Essay on the Narration of Social Realities and editor of Crossing Cultures: Essays in the Displacement of Western Civilization. He is a former editor of the journal Cultural Anthropology (1995-2001). Sylvia J. Yanagisako is Professor and former Chair of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford University. She is the author of Producing Culture and Capital: Family Firms in Italy and coeditor of Naturalizing Power: Essays in Feminist Cultural Analysis.

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Introduction / Daniel A. Segal and Sylvia J. Yanagisako 1 Rearticulating Anthropology / James Clifford 24 Unchosen Grounds: Cultivating Cross-Subfield Accents for a Public Voice / Rena Lederman 49 Flexible Disciplinarity: Beyond the Americanist Tradition / Sylvia J. Yanagisako 78 Languages/Cultures Are Dead! Long Live the Linguistic-Cultural! / Michael Silverstein 99 An Archaeology of the Four-Field Approach in Anthropology in the United States / Ian Hodder 126 References 141 Contributors 161 Index 163