Things As They Are

Things As They Are

New Directions in Phenomenological Anthropology
Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson
Distribution: World
Publication date: 08/22/1996
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21050-0
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The real beauty of this book is that the thinking does not stop... deep in the thickets of philosophic references. Instead, true to the spirit of phenomoenology, we are provided with provocative accounts of how such thinking flows in contemporary anthropological practice." —XCP - Cross Cultural Poetics

In this timely collection, thirteen contemporary ethnographers demonstrate the importance of phenomenological and existential ideas for anthropology. In emphasizing the link between the empirical and the experiential, these ethnographers also explore the relationship between phenomenology and other theories of the lifeworld, such as existentialism, radical empiricism, and critical theory.

Author Bio

Michael D. Jackson is Distinguished Visiting Professor of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. His many books include Lifeworlds: Essays in Existential Anthropology; Between One and One Another; Road Markings: An Anthropologist in the Antipodes; and Allegories of the Wilderness: Ethics and Ambiguity in Kuranko Narratives (IUP, 1982).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Phenomenology, Radical Empiricism, and Anthropological Critique, by Michael Jackson
Honor and Shame, by Lila Abu-Lughod
Struggling Along, by Robert Desjarlais
The Cosmology of Life Transmission, by René Devisch
Reflections on a Cut Finger: Taboo in the Umeda Conception of the Self, by Alfred Gell
Space and Sociality in a Dayak Longhouse, by Christine Helliwell
In Defiance of Destiny: The Management of Time at a Cretan Funeral, by Michael Herzfeld
Suffering and Its Professional Transformation: Toward an Ethnography of Interpersonal Experience, by Arthur Kleinman and Joan Kleinman
Hand Drumming: An Essay in Practical Knowledge, by Shawn Lindsay
On Dying and Suffering in Iqwaye Existence, by Jadran Mimica
If Not the Words: Shared Practical Activity and Friendship in Fieldwork, by Keith Ridler
After the Field, by Jim Wafer