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Existential Anthropology : Events, Exigencies, and Effects - Michael Jackson

Existential Anthropology

Events, Exigencies, and Effects

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2005
ISBN: 9781571814760
Number Of Pages: 252

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Inspired by existential thought, but using ethnographic methods, Jackson explores a variety of compelling topics, including 9/11, episodes from the war in Sierra Leone and its aftermath, the marginalization of indigenous Australians, the application of new technologies, mundane forms of ritualization, the magical use of language, the sociality of violence, the prose of suffering, and the discourse of human rights. Throughout this compelling work, Jackson demonstrates that existentialism, far from being a philosophy of individual being, enables us to explore issues of social existence and coexistence in new ways, and to theorise events as the sites of a dynamic interplay between the finite possibilities of the situations in which human beings find themselves and the capacities they yet possess for creating viable forms of social life.

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- what is truly worthwhile in this loose grouping of essays is the ethnographic examples. Powerfully presented, beautifully written (the final three pages of the book offer poignantly evocative description of ethnography as a way of living) and loaded with telling detail - A" * Arthur Kleinman in the JRAI

Preface : the struggle for being
The course of an eventp. 1
The space of appearancesp. 15
Violence and intersubjective reasonp. 35
Custom and conflict in Sierra Leone : an essay on anarchyp. 53
What's in a name? : an essay on the power of wordsp. 75
Mundane ritualp. 93
Biotechnology and the critique of globalisationp. 111
Familiar and foreign bodiesp. 127
The prose of sufferingp. 143
Whose human rights?p. 159
Existential imperativesp. 181
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ISBN: 9781571814760
ISBN-10: 1571814760
Series: Methodology and History in Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 1st June 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45