History in Person
Enduring Struggles, Contentious Practice, Intimate Identities
Publication Year: 2001
Published by: SAR Press
Title Page, About the Authors, Copyright
1 History in Person An Introduction
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
2 Engendering Violence Strip-Searching of Women in Northern Ireland
...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...
3 Indigenous Activism across Generations An Intimate Social History of Antiracism Organizing in Guatemala
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-...
4 From Women’s Suffering to Women’s Politics Reimagining Women after Nepal’s 1990 Pro-Democracy Movement
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
5 Placing the Politics of Black Class Formation
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...
6 “Tekin’ the Piss”
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...
7 The Identity Path of Eduardo Mori
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
8 Class and Identity The Jujitsu of Domination and Resistance in Oaxa California
...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...
9 Getting to Be British
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),...
10 Figures of the Future Dystopia and Subjectivity in the Social Imagination of the Future
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 ; Comaroff and Comaroff 1991; Hobsbawm and Ranger 1983; Spencer 1990). Much challenging, innovative work has also been done on history making...
Other Works in the Series, Participants Photo, Back Cover
Page Count: 408
Illustrations: 6 b/w illustrations
Publication Year: 2001
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