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Emergent Forms of Life and the Anthropological Voice
Anthropology as Cultural Critique helped redefine cultural anthropology in the 1980s. Now, with Emergent Forms of Life and the Anthropological Voice, pathbreaking scholar Michael M. J. Fischer moves the discussion to a consideration of the groundwork laid in the 1990s for engagements with the fast-changing worlds of technoscience, telemedia saturation, and the reconstructi ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published December 10th 2003 by Duke University Press Books
(first published November 19th 2003)
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I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I first opened this book. I found it through Goodreads and quickly ordered a used copy online. The title and description caught my interest and I thought I’d take the plunge and read something new, far outside my field and (seemingly) erudite. As I found, this book is indeed erudite, thick, and challenging. For me it felt like a chore to read more often than it did an exciting or enlightening text. If anthropology isn’t your forte then this might not be ...more
Michael M.J. Fischer has done anthropological fieldwork in the Caribbean (Jamaica), the Middle East (Iran), South Asia (India), and the U.S. on social change and religion (Protestants and Afro-Carribean religions in Jamaica; Zoroastrians, Shi'ites, Baha'is, Jews in Iran; Jains and Parsis in India); on bazaars, merchants, craftsmen, and agriculture in Iran, Jamaica, India, and Antwerp; on revoluti ...more