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Grammars of Identity / Alterity : A Structural Approach - Gerd Baumann

Grammars of Identity / Alterity

A Structural Approach

By: Gerd Baumann (Editor), Andre Gingrich (Editor)

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"A short review cannot do justice to the richness of this, or to the problems posed by its analytical framework...This is a thought-provoking, problematic even troubling volume with many excellent chapters." * The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute "This book's strength is two-fold. First, as an edited volume it was delightfully cohesive, with each author considering the same set of basic questions, and utilizing the three grammars as a frame for examining identity in their various contexts...The second core strength for me is the fluid treatment of both structural and agentic aspects of identity...I found this a stimulating volume and think it has much to offer for readers interested in better understanding identity processes." * Anthropology and Education Quarterly Issues of the construction of Self and Other, normally in the context of social exclusion of those perceived as different, have assumed a new urgency. This collection offers a fresh perspective on the ongoing debates on these questions in the social sciences and the humanities by focusing specifically on one theoretical proposition, namely, that the seemingly universal processes of identity formation and exclusion of the 'other' can be differentiated according to three modalities. All contributors directly engage with rigorous empirical testing and theoretical cross-examination of this proposition. Their results have direct implications not only for a more differentiated understanding of collective identities, but also for a better understanding of extreme collective violence and genocide.

A short review cannot do justice to the richness of this, or to the problems posed by its analytical framework - This is a thought-provoking, problematic even troubling volume with many excellent chapters.A" * The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute "This book's strength is two-fold. First, as an edited volume it was delightfully cohesive, with each author considering the same set of basic questions, and utilizing the three grammars as a frame for examining identity in their various contexts...The second core strength for me is the fluid treatment of both structural and agentic aspects of identity...I found this a stimulating volume and think it has much to offer for readers interested in better understanding identity processes." * Anthropology and Education Quarterly

List of Figuresp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
From an Essentialised Use of 'Othering' to a Differentiation of Grammars
Conceptualising Identities: Anthropological Alternatives to Essentialising Difference and Moralizing about Otheringp. 3
Grammars of Identity/Alterity: A Structural Approachp. 18
From a Repertoire of Grammars to Hierarchies and Power
Othering the Scapegoat in Nepal: The Ritual of Ghantakarnap. 53
German Grammars of Identity/Alterity: A Diachronic Viewp. 63
Alterity as Celebration, Alterity as Threat: A Comparison of Grammars between Brazil and Denmarkp. 79
From Power to Violence - when Grammars Implode
Completing or Competing? Contexts of Hmong Selfing/Othering in Laosp. 101
'Out of the Race': The Poiesis of Genocide in Mass Media Discourses in Cote d'Ivoirep. 112
Dehumanization as a Double-Edged Sword: From Boot-Camp Animals to Killing Machinesp. 142
From Testing Grammars to Widening the Debate
Between Structure and Agency: From the langue of Hindutva Identity Construction to the parole of Lived Experiencep. 157
Encompassment and its Discontents: The Rmeet and the Lowland Laop. 173
Debating Grammars: Arguments and Prospectsp. 192
Notes on Contributorsp. 205
Subject Indexp. 209
Name Indexp. 215
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ISBN: 9781571816986
ISBN-10: 1571816984
Series: Easa
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st December 2004
Publisher: BERGHAHN BOOKS INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.49