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Anthropological Observation and Self-formation

Paul Rabinow

in Subjectivity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780520247925
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939639 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247925.003.0005
Anthropological Observation and Self-formation

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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 industry. It tries to estimate the scientific places where life forms emerge and investigates how these forms change things, actors, spatialities, or temporalities in a distinct mode of existence that makes things function differently in an altered public domain. The chapter also provides a methodology that foregrounds the individual and collective processes which continually reconstitute subjectivity.

Keywords: specificity; new assemblages; anthropological inquiry; life-sciences industry; mode of existence; collective processes; individual processes

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Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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