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Anthropology as Cultural Critique

An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences

Using cultural anthropology to analyze debates that reverberate throughout the human sciences, George E. Marcus and Michael M. J. Fischer look closely at cultural anthropology’s past accomplishments, its current predicaments, its future direction, and the insights it has to offer other fields of study. The result is a provocative work that is important for scholars interested in a critical approach to social science, art, literature, and history, as well as anthropology. This second edition considers new challenges to the field which have arisen since the book’s original publication.

228 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1996

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

Culture Studies

Table of Contents

1. A Crisis of Representation in the Human Sciences
2. Ethnography and Interpretive Anthropology
3. Conveying Other Cultural Experience: The Person, Self, and Emotions
4. Taking Account of World Historical Political Economy: Knowable Communities in Larger Systems
5. The Repatriation of Anthropology as Cultural Critique
6. Two Contemporary Techniques of Cultural Critique in Anthropology
A Concluding Note

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