How Much Home Does a Person Need?

Michael Jackson

in Between One and One Another

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780520272330
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951914 | DOI:
How Much Home Does a Person Need?

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This chapter suggests that while anthropology today acknowledges the global processes of transnational mobility, media dissemination, and cosmopolitanism, it continues to document the countervailing presence of local worldviews, nationalisms, religions, and ways of life, indicating that no matter how universal the public sphere becomes, the private sphere is never eclipsed but, on the contrary, often works as a corrective or subversion. The author's own work took this thesis even further by arguing that the lived experience of any one person, though conditioned by the sociohistorical milieu in which he or she has come of age, is never reducible to that milieu, and that an indeterminate relationship exists between imperatives felt to be one's own and equally strong imperatives which are felt to be external or other.

Keywords: existential anthropology; home; public sphere; private sphere

Chapter.  4313 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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