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Designs for an Anthropology of the Contemporary

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In this compact volume two of anthropology’s most influential theorists, Paul Rabinow and George E. Marcus, engage in a series of conversations about the past, present, and future of anthropological knowledge, pedagogy, and practice. James D. Faubion joins in several exchanges to facilitate and elaborate the dialogue, and Tobias Rees moderates the discussions and contribut ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published November 10th 2008 by Duke University Press Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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This text is mind blowing in ways that cannot be easily explained. Never before have I encountered an academic text that seeks to do such experimental, boundary pushing work in what has traditionally been a rather ethnographic-centered discipline. It is a conversation amongst four anthropologists ready to challenge old paradigms and carve out new ways to "do" anthropology. Though I have never identified as an anthropologist myself, this book inspires me to explore new terrain. It is exciting and ...more
What happens when you blow up the epistemological foundations of your discipline? What happens when you wipe away the horizon? Paul Rabinow and George Marcus dialogize on how anthropology has moved forward since the epochal publication of WRITING CULTURE in 1986. How does one move forward in the face of a radical loss of faith or dramatic collapse of formerly boundary-forming certainties? How does one have confidence in continuing to write and articulate when one is very sense of time and space ...more
An interest, though at times frustrating, read. I do like the overall design studio idea they're pushing.
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