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Anthropological Locations Akhil Gupta

Anthropological Locations By Akhil Gupta

Anthropological Locations by Akhil Gupta


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Among the social sciences, anthropology relies most on fieldwork - the long-term immersion in another way of life as the basis for knowledge. The essays in this text explore the notion of field, show how the concept is historically constructed and explore the consequences of its dominance.

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Anthropological Locations: Boundaries and Grounds of a Field Science by Akhil Gupta

Among the social sciences, anthropology relies most fundamentally on fieldwork--the long-term immersion in another way of life as the basis for knowledge. In an era when anthropologists are studying topics that resist geographical localization, this book initiates a long-overdue discussion of the political and epistemological implications of the disciplinary commitment to fieldwork. These innovative, stimulating essays--carefully chosen to form a coherent whole--interrogate the notion of the field, showing how the concept is historically constructed and exploring the consequences of its dominance. The essays discuss anthropological work done in places (in refugee camps, on television) or among populations (gays and lesbians, homeless people in the United States) that challenge the traditional boundaries of the field. The contributors suggest alternative methodologies appropriate for contemporary problems and ultimately propose a reformation of the discipline of anthropology.

About Akhil Gupta

Akhil Gupta is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University. James Ferguson is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

1. Discipline and Practice:
The Field as Site, Method, and Location in Anthropology
Akhil Gupta andjamesFerguson

2. Mter Ishmael: The Fieldwork Tradition and Its Future
Henrika Kuklick

3* Locating the Past
Mary Des Chene

4* News and Culture: Transitory Phenomena and the Fieldwork Tradition
Liisa H. Malkki

5* Mrican Studies as American Institution
Deborah Amory

6. The Waxing and Waning of Subfields in North American
Sociocultural Anthropology
]aneF. Collier

7* Anthropology and the Cultural Study of Science:
From Citadels to String Figures
Emily Martin

8. You Can't Take the Subway to the Field!:
Village Epistemologies in the Global Village
Joanne Passaro

g. The Virtual Anthropologist
Kath Weston

10. Spatial Practices: Fieldwork, Travel, and the Disciplining of Anthropology
James Clifford

REFERENCES
CONTRIBUTORS
INDEX

Additional information

CIN0520206800G
9780520206809
0520206800
Anthropological Locations: Boundaries and Grounds of a Field Science by Akhil Gupta
Used - Good
Paperback
University of California Press
1997-08-28
287
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