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Accidental Anthropology

Carolyn Nordstrom and Antonius C. G. M. Robben.

in Fieldwork Under Fire

January 1996; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 8543 words.

The uncertainty of violent events besets the anthropologist who becomes suddenly enveloped in a situation of violence for which he or she was not prepared. This chapter describes how one...

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The Accompaniment

Paul Rabinow.

November 2011; p ublished online September 2013 .

Book. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 248 pages.

In this culmination of his search for anthropological concepts and practices appropriate to the twenty-first century, the author contends that to make sense of the contemporary,...

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The Accompaniment: On the Contemporary and the Untimely

Paul Rabinow.

in The Accompaniment

November 2011; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 4314 words.

This chapter examines Giorgio Agamben’s lecture on the understanding of the contemporary. For Agamben, there are two essential qualities of the contemporary: déphasage (temporal...

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Afterthoughts: The Experience and Agony of Fieldwork

Hammoudi Abdellah and John Borneman.

in Being There

February 2009; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 4715 words.

This chapter deals with the general practice of anthropology and fieldwork. Various accounts of fieldwork from diverse and converging angles make the case for a fresh look at fieldwork...

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Afterword Willing in Context

Douglas W. Hollan.

in Toward an Anthropology of the Will

February 2010; p ublished online June 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 6622 words.

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American Anthropologists and American Society

Eric R. Wolf.

in Pathways of Power

January 2001; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 3934 words.

This chapter generates an interest in the sociology of anthropological knowledge and reveals the three different phases of American anthropology that correspond to three different phases of...

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The American Parade: Representations of the Nineteenth-Century Social Order

Lynn Hunt.

in The New Cultural History

March 1989; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 8434 words.

This chapter shows how critical a historical understanding of ritual can be by demonstrating how parading changed in function over time. It also discusses the role of gender in these...

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America's Transient Mental Illness

Allan Young.

in Subjectivity

April 2007; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 9994 words.

This chapter discusses the concept of “transient mental illness.” It outlines the specific constellation of psychiatric, political, and social processes that are slowly leading to a new...

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Anthropological Observation and Self-formation

Paul Rabinow.

in Subjectivity

April 2007; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 9042 words.

This chapter examines the ways concepts, values, and beliefs change shape in the specificity of new assemblages, and includes the author's own anthropological inquiries of the life-sciences...

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Anthropology among the Powers

Eric R. Wolf.

in Pathways of Power

January 2001; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 6968 words.

Anthropology at its best is analytic, comparative, integrative, and critical, all at the same time. This chapter is concerned with anthropology in relation to society and culture, and...

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