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Mimesis and Alterity: A Particular History of the Senses

Mimesis and Alterity: A Particular History of the Senses

Michael Taussig
April 04, 2018

In this ambitious and accomplished work, Taussig explores the complex and interwoven concepts of mimesis, the practice of imitation, and alterity, the opposition of Self and Other. The book moves from the nineteenth-century invention of mimetically capacious machines, such as the camera, to the...

Mirror for Man: The Relation of Anthropology to Modern Life

Mirror for Man: The Relation of Anthropology to Modern Life

Clyde Kluckhohn
September 28, 2017

While the world has undoubtedly been shrinking, at the same time it has grown more complex. The likelihood of culture clashes leading to outright conflict is high, perhaps higher than ever. As Andrea L. Smith convincingly argues in her new introduction to this classic work, certain questions are as...

In Search of the Primitive: A Critique of Civilization

In Search of the Primitive: A Critique of Civilization

Stanley Diamond
May 18, 2017

Anthropology is a kind of debate between human possibilities—a dialectical movement between the anthropologist as a modern man and the primitive peoples he studies. In Search of the Primitive is a tough-minded book containing chapters ranging from encounters in the field to essays on the nature of...

The Reinvention of Primitive Society: Transformations of a Myth

The Reinvention of Primitive Society: Transformations of a Myth

Adam Kuper
February 14, 2017

Adam Kuper’s iconoclastic intellectual history argues that the idea of “primitive society” is a western myth. The “primitive” is imagined as the opposite of the “civilised”. But this is a protean myth. As ideas about civilisation change, so the image of primitive society must be adjusted. By way...

Evolution and Social Life

Evolution and Social Life

Tim Ingold
July 13, 2016

Evolution is among the most central and most contested of ideas in the history of anthropology. This book charts the fortunes of the idea from the mid-nineteenth century to recent times. By comparing biological, historical, and anthropological approaches to the study of human culture and social...

Cultural Intimacy: Social Poetics and the Real Life of States, Societies, and Institutions

Cultural Intimacy: Social Poetics and the Real Life of States, Societies, and Institutions

Michael Herzfeld
March 10, 2016

In the third edition of this important and influential book, Michael Herzfeld revisits the idea of ‘cultural intimacy’. The chapters examine a range of topics touching on the relationship between state and citizen, and the notion of ‘national character’. Herzfeld provides a developed theoretical...

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