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Anthropology through the Looking-Glass : Critical Ethnography in the Margins of Europe - Michael Herzfeld

Anthropology through the Looking-Glass

Critical Ethnography in the Margins of Europe

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Published: 13th November 1989
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Using Greek ethnography as a mirror for an ethnography of anthropology itself, this book reveals the ways in which the discipline of anthropology is ensnared in the same political and social symbolism as its object of study. The author pushes the comparative goals of anthropology beyond the traditional separation of tribal object from detached scientific observer, and offers the discipline a critical source of reflexive insight based on empirical ethnography rather than on ideological speculation alone.

'If the field of European ethnography has largely been ignored by the discipline of anthropology, which is still bent on living out of its fantasies of the erotic other, this work persuasively sets out the value of looking closer to home.' The Times Literary Supplement '... he has moved scholarship decisively forward and set new standards for Europeanist anthropology.' Journal of Modern Greek Studies '... a book which may be one of those few which change a landscape.' Anthropology Today

Romanticism and Hellenism: burdens of otherness
A secular cosmology
Aboriginal Europeans
Difference as identity
The double-headed eagle: self-knowledge and self-display
Strict definitions and bad habits
The practice of relativity
Etymologies of a discipline
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ISBN: 9780521389082
ISBN-10: 0521389089
Series: Critical Ethnography in the Margins of Europe
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 13th November 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.41