Roy Wagner

Roy Wagner


Born
Cleveland, The United States

He received a B.A. in Medieval History from Harvard University (1961), and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago (1966), where he studied under David M. Schneider. He conducted fieldwork among the Daribi of Karimui, in the Simbu Province of Papua New Guinea, as well as the Usen Barok of New Ireland. Wagner taught at Southern Illinois University and Northwestern University before accepting the chairmanship of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Virginia, where he currently teaches.

Specializations
Indigenous conceptual systems, especially involving kin relations; ritual, myth and worldview in Melanesia, Australia, and North America; pragmatics of cultural representation (imagery, writing, and speech) as a basis
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The Invention of Culture

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Symbols that Stand for Them...

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An Anthropology of the Subj...

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Coyote Anthropology

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Habu: The Innovation of Mea...

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Asiwinarong: Ethos, Image, ...

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Lethal Speech

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The Logic of Invention

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L'Invention de la Culture

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“The peculiar situation of the anthropological fieldworker, participating simultaneously in two distinct worlds of meaning and action, requires that he relate to his research subjects as an "outsider," trying to "learn" and penetrate their way of life, while relating to his own culture as a kind of metaphorical "native."

To both groups he is a professional stranger, a person who holds himself aloof from their lives in order to gain perspective.”
Roy Wagner, The Invention of Culture

“To a degree that we seldom realize, we depend upon the participation of others in our lives, and upon our own participation in the lives of others. Our success and effectiveness as persons is based upon this participation, and upon an ability to maintain a controlling competence in communicating with others.”
Roy Wagner, The Invention of Culture

“It is worthwhile studying other peoples, because every understanding of another culture is an experiment with our own.”
Roy Wagner, The Invention of Culture



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