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Anthropology Through a Double Lens

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How can we hold both public and personal worlds in the eye of a unified theory of meaning? What ethnographic and theoretical possibilities do we create in the balance? Anthropology Through a Double Lens offers a theoretical framework encompassing both of these domainsa ",double lens.", Daniel Touro Linger argues that the literary turn in anthropology, which treats culture as text, has been a wrong turn. Cultural analysis of the interpretive or discursive variety, which focuses on public symbols, has difficulty seeingmuch less dealing convincingly withactual persons. While emphasizing the importance of social environments, Linger insists on equal sensitivity to the experiential immediacies of human lives. He develops a sustained critique of interpretive and discursive trends in contemporary anthropology, which have too strongly emphasized social determinism and public symbols while too readily dismissing psychological and biographical realities.Anthropology Through a Double Lens demonstrates the power of an alternative dual perspective through a blend of critical essays and ethnographic studies drawn from the author's field research in So Lus, a northeastern Brazilian state capital, and Toyota City, a Japanese factory town. To span the gap between the public and the personal, Linger provides a set of analytical tools that include the ideas of an arena of meaning, systems of systems, bridging theory, singular lives, and reflective consciousness. The tools open theoretical and ethnographic horizons for exploring the process of meaning-making, the force of symbolism and rhetoric, the politics of representation, and the propagation and formation of identities. Linger uses these tools to focus on key issues in current theoretical and philosophical debates across a host of disciplines, including anthropology, psychology, history, and the other human sciences..

Autorentext

By Daniel Touro Linger



Inhalt

Has culture theory lost its minds?

2. Missing persons
3. The metropolis, the globe, and mental life
4. The hegemony of discontent
5. The semantics of dead bodies
6. Wild power in post-military Brazil
7. Whose identity?
8. The identity path of Eduardo Mori
9. Do Japanese Brazilians exist?

Notes
Index

Produktinformationen

Titel: Anthropology Through a Double Lens
Untertitel: Public and Personal Worlds in Human Theory
Autor:
EAN: 9780812203691
ISBN: 978-0-8122-0369-1
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Genre: Ethnologie
Anzahl Seiten: 248
Veröffentlichung: 15.06.2013
Jahr: 2013
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 2.2 MB