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At Home in the World

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Ours is a century of uprootedness, with fewer and fewer people living out their lives where they are born. At such a time, in such a world, what does it mean to be "at home?" Perhaps among a nomadic people, for whom dwelling is not synonymous with being housed and settled, the search for an answer to this question might lead to a new way of thinking about home and homeless ...more
Paperback, 201 pages
Published September 18th 2000 by Duke University Press Books (first published January 1st 1995)
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Aug 16, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing
At Home in the World is a thoughtful, very readable look at the Central Australian Warlpiri through the experiences of anthropologist Michael Jackson. Jackson and his wife, also an anthropologist, spent a year living with the Warlpiri, learning their language and becoming acquainted with their epistemology; particularly with their ideas of "the Dreaming" and "song lines"*, their relationship with place, time, their past, future and each other. The real strength of Jackson's work is his insertion ...more
Aug 22, 2011 Conal rated it it was amazing
For anthropologist who despairs that anthropology as often practiced and studied today in academic departments is without soul--without humanness, without emotions and feelings, where macro-processes write out the human from the picture and where human lives become simply incidental in the face of larger macro-processes--turn to this book to see how we can revive anthropology that has been overtaken by literary/textual and macro/historical approaches.

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Jan 23, 2013 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
Jackson is my new hero and I have been voraciously reading everything I can by him. So far I have not been disappointed. He consciously undermines theoretical jargon in this book to highlight the most important aspect of anthropology...people. That said, his approach is far from lacking in theory. Instead, he is in dialogue with existential philosophy an frequently highlights elements of William James, Sartre, and other existential and phenomenological thinkers while reserving the focal point of ...more
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Michael D. Jackson (born 1940) is a post-modern New Zealand anthropologist who has taught in the anthropology departments at the University of Copenhagen and Indiana University and is currently a professor of world religions at Harvard Divinity School. He holds a BA from Victoria University of Wellington, an MA from the University of Auckland and a PhD from Cambridge University.

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