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Arguing With Anthropology : An Introduction to Critical Theories of the Gift - Karen Sykes

Arguing With Anthropology

An Introduction to Critical Theories of the Gift

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2005
ISBN: 9780415254434
Number Of Pages: 244

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Arguing with Anthropology is a fresh and wholly original guide to key elements in anthropology, which teaches the ability to think, write and argue critically. Using the classic 'question of the gift' as a master-issue for discussion, and drawing on a rich variety of Pacific and global ethnography, it provides a unique course in methods, aims, knowledge, and understanding. The book's highly original hypothetical approach takes gift-theory - the science of obligation and reciprocity - as the paradigm for a virtual enquiry which explores how the anthropological discipline has evolved historically, how it is applied in practice and how it can be argued with critically. By asking students to participate in projected situations and dilemmas, and in arguments about the form and nature of enquiry, it offers working practice of dealing with the obstacles and choices involved in anthropological study.
* From an expert teacher whose methods are tried and tested
* Comprehensive and fun course ideal for intermediate-level students
* Clearly defines the functions of anthropology, and its key theories and arguments
* Effectively teaches core study skills for exam success and progressive learning.

A sceptical introduction to theories of gift exchangep. 1
Modernist nostalgiap. 17
The awkward legacy of the noble savagep. 19
Gathering thoughts in fieldworkp. 38
Keeping relationships, meeting obligationsp. 59
Exchanging people, giving reasonsp. 76
Postmodern reflections : historical criticismp. 95
Debt in postcolonial societyp. 97
Mistaking how and when to givep. 112
Postmodern reflections : critiques of subjectivityp. 131
Envisioning bourgeois subjectsp. 133
Giving beyond reasonp. 151
A present without nostalgiap. 169
Virtually real exchangep. 171
Interests in cultural propertyp. 187
Giving anthropology a/wayp. 205
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ISBN: 9780415254434
ISBN-10: 0415254434
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 1st June 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.44 x 15.6  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1