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Anthropology and the Politics of Representation
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Anthropology and the Politics of Representation examines the inherently problematic nature of representation and description of living people, specifically in ethnography and more generally in anthropological work as a whole.
 
In Anthropology and the Politics of Representation volume editor Gabriela Vargas-Cetina brings together a group of international scholars who, through their fieldwork experiences, reflect on the epistemological, political, and personal implications of their own work. To do so, they focus on such topics as ethnography, anthropologists’ engagement in identity politics, representational practices, the contexts of anthropological research and work, and the effects of personal choices regarding self-involvement in local causes that may extend beyond purely ethnographic goals.
 
Such reflections raise a number of ethnographic questions: What are ethnographic goals? Who sets the agenda for ethnographic writing? How does fieldwork change the anthropologist’s identity? Do ethnography and ethnographers have an impact on local lives and self-representation? How do anthropologists balance longheld respect for cultural diversity with advocacy for local people? How does an author choose what to say and write, and what not to disclose? Should anthropologists support causes that may require going against their informed knowledge of local lives?

Contributors
Steffan Igor Ayora-Diaz / Beth A. Conklin
/ Les W. Field / Katie Glaskin / Frederic W.
Gleach / Tracey Heatherington / June C.
Nash / Bernard C. Perley / Vilma Santiago-
Irizarry / Timothy J. Smith / Sergey
Sokolovskiy / David Stoll / Gabriela Vargas-
Cetina / Thomas M. Wilson

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: Anthropology and the Politics of Representation
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. I. Identity Strategies
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. 1. Double Trouble: Implications of Historicizing Identity Discourses
  2. pp. 19-32
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  1. 2. Strategic Essentialism, Scholarly Inflation, and Political Litmus Tests: The Moral Economy of Hyping the Contemporary Mayas
  2. pp. 33-48
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  1. 3. Yucatecan Food and the Postcolonial Politics of Representation
  2. pp. 49-65
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  1. 4. Subverting Stereotypes: The Visual Politics of Representing Indigenous Modernity
  2. pp. 66-77
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  1. 5. Labels, Genuine and Spurious: Anthropology and the Politics of Otherness in the United States
  2. pp. 78-98
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  1. II. Decentering the Ethnographic Self
  2. pp. 99-100
  1. 6. “Gone Anthropologist”: Epistemic Slippage, Native Anthropology, and the Dilemmas of Representation
  2. pp. 101-118
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  1. 7. Matthew the Canadian Journalist: Engagement and Representation in Highland Guatemala
  2. pp. 119-139
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  1. 8. Performing Music, Silence, Noise, and Anthropology in Yucatan, Mexico
  2. pp. 140-156
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  1. 9. Ethnography and the Cultural Politics of Environmentalism
  2. pp. 157-175
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  1. 10. Notes on the Use and Abuse of Cultural Knowledge
  2. pp. 176-190
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  1. III. Anthropology in Crucial Places
  2. pp. 191-192
  1. 11. Rooted or Extinct? Post-Soviet Anthropology and the Construction of Indigenousness
  2. pp. 193-211
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  1. 12. Anthropology on Trial: Australian Anthropology and Native Title Litigation
  2. pp. 212-229
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  1. 13. The Politics of Europeanization, Representation, and Anthropology in Northern Ireland
  2. pp. 230-251
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  1. Epilogue: Identities and the Politics of Representation
  2. pp. 252-258
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  1. References
  2. pp. 259-296
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 297-300
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 301-303
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