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Perilous States : Conversations on Culture, Politics and Nation - George E. Marcus

Perilous States

Conversations on Culture, Politics and Nation

Paperback Published: 1st January 1994
ISBN: 9780226504476
Number Of Pages: 400

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Encompassing a range of disciplines--notably anthropology,
politics, history, comparative literature, and
philosophy--the unprecedented annual publication "Late "
"Editions" exposes unsettling dilemmas and unprecedented
challenges facing cultural studies on the brink of the
twenty-first century. Successive volumes will appear
annually until the year 2000, each engaging the predicaments
of particular institutions, nations, and persons at this
point of social, cultural, and political change. The
project will test the limits of scholarly conventions by
finding new ways to expose cultural formations emerging from
the maturation or exhaustion of once-powerful ideas whose
validity is now deeply in question.
"Perilous States, " the first volume of "Late "
"Editions, " presents conversations between American
scholars, most of whom are anthropologists, and individuals
situated amidst political and social upheaval. Pimarily but
not exclusively from Eastern Europe, the cast includes
Russian writers, Hungarian scientists and academics, Armenian
politicians, Siberian religious and medical leaders, a Gypsy
leader, a Polish poet, a French politician, and a white South
African musician who is a self-styled Zulu. Their voices
unite around themes of democracy, market economy, individual
rights, and the reawakened force of suppressed ethnic and
racial identities.
To obtain fresh perspectives on these cultural and social
transformations, the volumes will consist of in-depth
conversations, relayed in essay form, between scholars and
individuals in other cultures with whom they share
affinities. This novel approach blends the immediacy of
interviews, the objectivity of journalism, and the
intellectual rigor of scholarship.
Contributors to this volume are Marjorie Balzer, Sam
Beck, David B. Coplan, Michael M. J. Fischer, Nia Georges,
Bruce Grant, Douglas R. Holmes, Stella Gregorian, George E.
Marcus, Kathryn Milun, Eleni Papagaroufali, Paul Rabinow,
Julie Taylor, and Tom White.

Introduction to the Series and to Volume 1
Dirges for Soviets Passed
Returning to Eastern Europe
Six to Eight Characters in Search of Armenian Society amidst the Carnivalization of History
Two Urban Shamans: Unmasking Leadership in Fin-de-Soviet Siberia
Racism and the Formation of a Romani Ethnic Leader
Working through the Other: The Jewish Spanish Turkish Iranian Ukrainian Lithuanian and German Unconscious of Polish Culture; or One Hand Clapping: Dialogue Silences and the Mourning of Polish Romanticism
Greek Woman in the Europe of 1992: Brokers of European Cargoes and the Logic of the West Eleni Papagaroufali and Nia Georges
Illicit Discourse
The Outlaw State and the Lone Rangers
A Terrible Commitment: Balancing the Tribes in South African National Culture
A Preview of Volume 2 (1994): Reflections on Fieldwork in Alameda
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780226504476
ISBN-10: 0226504476
Series: Late Editions: Cultural Studies for the End of the Century S.
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st January 1994
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 16.4  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57

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