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History in Person

Enduring Struggles, Contentious Practice, Intimate Identities

Edited by Dorothy Holland and Jean Lave

Publication Year: 2001

Extended conflict situations in Northern Ireland or South Africa, the local effects of the rise of multinational corporations, and conflicts in workplaces, households, and academic fields are all crucibles for the forging of identities. In this volume, the authors bring their research to bear on enduring struggles and the practices of identity within those struggles. This collection of essays explores the innermost, generative aspects of subjects as social, cultural, and historical beings and raises serious questions about long-term conflicts and sustained identities in the world today. Nine ethnographers address such topics as the politically sexualized transformation of identities of women political prisoners in Northern Ireland; the changing character of political activism across generations in a Guatemala Mayan family; the cultural forms that mediate the struggles of working-class men on shop floors in England; and class and community struggles between the state and grassroots activists in New York.

Published by: SAR Press


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pp. 1-1

Title Page, About the Authors, Copyright

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pp. 2-7


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pp. vii-viii


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pp. ix-13

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1 History in Person An Introduction

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pp. 3-34

New Mexico, hosted an advanced seminar titled “History in Person.”1 As co-chairs of the seminar, we began with the proposition that pervasive, long-term, transformative struggles are telling sites for the study of “history in person.” Our topic was the mutually constitutive nature of long and complex social, political, and economic struggles and the his-...

Part One Struggles in Transformation

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pp. 35-47

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2 Engendering Violence Strip-Searching of Women in Northern Ireland

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pp. 37-62

...dressed in riot gear and armed with helmets, shields, batons, and dogsentered the wing of Maghaberry Prison that housed 21 IRA female pris-oners. After physically immobilizing the prisoners, female guards force-fully stripped them naked in their own cells. The strip searches lastedthe whole day and were conducted in the midst of screams, insults, and...

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3 Indigenous Activism across Generations An Intimate Social History of Antiracism Organizing in Guatemala

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pp. 63-92

How is political struggle reproduced over time in indigenous communities? How do succeeding generations of activists see the process? This essay examines these issues by retracing lifetimes of antiracism prominent leaders in the current Pan-Mayan Movement.1 Rather than beginning with the Mayan movement for cultural rights—which cap-...

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4 From Women’s Suffering to Women’s Politics Reimagining Women after Nepal’s 1990 Pro-Democracy Movement

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pp. 93-134

Like the other chapters in this volume, ours began with the study of contentious practices in a particular time and place—a Hindu women’s festival in a rural area of central Nepal. In the area we call Naudada,1 women used the Tij festival as an opportunity to criticize Nepali laws and cultural practices that privileged men. During the years...

Part Two Practices of Identity in Enduring Struggles

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pp. 135-147

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5 Placing the Politics of Black Class Formation

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pp. 137-170

Arthur Hayes was weeding a triangle-shaped lot across the street from his house in East Elmhurst, Queens, when I arrived. He shook the soil from a huge clump of weeds and topped off the last of three Hefty trash bags. “I decided to make a garden in this lot twenty years ago,” he declared, wiping the sweat from...

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6 “Tekin’ the Piss”

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pp. 171-216

As Begoña Aretxaga observed during discussion of my paper at the SAR seminar, between the transgression and reproduction of a social system undoubtedly lies the historical space for a theorized and grounded sense of human experience. This is also to say that systems reproduce themselves not mechanically but at least in part through...

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7 The Identity Path of Eduardo Mori

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pp. 217 -244

Anthropologists tend to think of people as living “in” culture or “in” history. Here I shift perspective to reveal, as the title of this book promises, “history in [a] person.” I highlight the ways in which Eduardo Mori, a Brazilian of Japanese descent, engages and transcends social facts.1 In doing so, I seek to complicate our vision of the relation...

Part Three Futures in Contest

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pp. 245-257

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8 Class and Identity The Jujitsu of Domination and Resistance in Oaxa California

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pp. 247-280

...indigenous peoples of the Americas against non indigenous peoples and their institutions and against forms of identity that arrived in the Western Hemisphere after 1492. This chapter examines the socio cultural dynamics of the contemporary phase of this long saga for indigenous peoples from the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, with special...

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9 Getting to Be British

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pp. 281-324

Cockburn, Croft, Dow, Graham, Warre, and—all in one firm—Taylor, Fladgate, and Yeatman. These firms make port wines with names like“Queen’s Ruby,” “Club Port,” “Captain’s,” and “Imperial”; the port served at in-house luncheons is often labeled “Founder’s Reserve.”Porto, Portugal (a city of two names, called Oporto by the British),...

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10 Figures of the Future Dystopia and Subjectivity in the Social Imagination of the Future

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pp. 325-348

Since the early 1980s, anthropology, history, cultural studies, and other fields have seen a great deal of groundbreaking work on nationalism and its relationship with history and historical consciousness (e.g., Anderson 1991 [1983]; Comaroff and Comaroff 1991; Hobsbawm and Ranger 1983; Spencer 1990). Much challenging, innovative work has also been done on history making...

References Cited

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pp. 386-400

Other Works in the Series, Participants Photo, Back Cover

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pp. 401-405

E-ISBN-13: 9781934691779
E-ISBN-10: 1934691771
Print-ISBN-13: 9781930618015
Print-ISBN-10: 1930618018

Page Count: 408
Illustrations: 6 b/w illustrations
Publication Year: 2001

Edition: 1

OCLC Number: 676243739
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  • Social conflict -- History.
  • Group identity -- History.
  • Culture -- History.
  • Social stratification -- History.
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