I Am an Other

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:
I Am an Other

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This chapter begins with the author's thoughts on the human response to the unequal distribution of fortune and misfortune, and how anthropological theorizing shares many of the same uncertainties that anthropologists find among the people they study. He considers the fatalistic attitude to life of West Africans and compares it with the willful attitude of people in the West. The author also suggests that while people in the West extol the virtues of hard work, this does not preclude fatalism from entering their thoughts, especially when their diligent labor and determined endeavors do not pay off.

Keywords: fatalism; life; fortune; anthropology; West Africa

Chapter.  4438 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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