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Recapturing Anthropology

Working in the Present

Edited by Richard G. Fox

Recapturing Anthropology1991. 264 pp., notes, references, index, 6 x 91991. 264 pp., notes, references, index, 6 x 9

The ten papers in this volume offer different versions of how and where anthropologists might work usefully in today's world, converging on the issue of how anthropology can best recapture the progressive character its basic concepts, such as "culture," once had. Together the authors demonstrate that a reinvigorated anthropology must recognize how the profession labors under an existing intellectual discipline, with its own political and economic history, on a global "shop floor."

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Contributors: Lila Abu-Lughod, Arjun Appadurai, Richard G. Fox, Jose F. Limon, Sherry B. Ortner, Paul Rabinow, Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Joan Vincent, Graham Watson

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  • “Product of a 1989 seminar of leading ethnologists, these nine essays explore the revitalization of contemporary anthropology in response to postmodern criticism… [T]his will interest those concerned with new directions in the social sciences. For faculty and students in departments of anthropology, for larger public libraries, and essential for university libraries associated with both undergraduate and graduate programs in the social sciences.”
    R. B. Clay, Choice (September 1992)
  • “[Recapturing Anthropology] is a first class ticket to new times in anthropology.”
    Roger Slack, Sociology, vol. 27, no. 4 November 1993

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