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Anthropology & the Colonial Encounter

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"We have been reminded time and again by anthropologists of the ideas and ideals of the Enlightenment in which the intellectual inspiration of anthropology is supposed to lie. But anthropology is also rooted in an unequal power encounter between the West and the Third World, which goes back to the emergence of bourgeois Europe, an encounter in which colonialism is merely o ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Humanity Books (first published January 28th 1973)
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Another re-examination of anthropology and colonialism. Does address more than everyday critique of how anthropology and colonialism grew up together, but otherwise says nothing new or of interest. A few articles on anthropological history, not more or less than that.
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Talal Asad (born 1932) is an anthropologist at the City University of New York.

Asad has made important theoretical contributions to Post-Colonialism, Christianity, Islam, and Ritual studies and has recently called for, and initiated, an anthropology of Secularism. Using a genealogical method developed by Friedrich Nietzsche and made prominent by Michel Foucault, Asad "complicates terms of comparis
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