An African Ethnography of American Anthropology
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Illinois Press
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This book is a personal journey into the heart of anthropology; representing my own pathways as an African student entering American higher education in the early 1990s to study a discipline that I knew very little about. It is a story about my initial entry into an American academic..
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Support for writing this manuscript was generously provided by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc., under the Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship (Gr. 7532) to whom I am most sincerely grateful. My initial training as an anthropologist was also enhanced by...
1. Imagining Anthropology, Encountering America
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Anthropologists’ accounts of how they navigate their first moments in the field have given us clues to understanding the fieldwork enterprise. In doing so, some anthropologists have often problematized their own subjectivity in the field (e.g., race, gender, class, or ethnicity) and the way it affects...
2. Tripping on Race, Training Anthropologists
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Why does the bulk of anthropological research entail studying other people, especially those in non-Western worlds? Are anthropologists genuinely interested in other cultures, or do other cultures provide convenient subjects for anthropological study? Why go through the kinds of agony...
3. Of Monkeys, Africans, and the Pursuit of the Other
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My participation in a group project on race opened my eyes to other avenues of understanding the dynamics of race in the classroom and beyond. I soon found myself quite drawn to sociocultural texts that allowed for a deeper understanding of race. My next opportunity to analyze race...
4. Remembering Home, Contrasting Experiences
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As I argue in the previous chapter, even though Western anthropology has been dominated by the study of the Other, the discipline has and can be used to study one’s self and one’s culture. In this chapter, I give an example of the value of using anthropology not only to study others but also to reflect...
5. Mega-Anthropology: The AAA Annual Meetings
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For anthropology truly to become a cultural critique, anthropologists must apply the information they gather from studying other cultures toward understanding themselves and anthropological culture itself. In such anthropological studies of anthropology, I envision a systematic analysis...
6. A New Pardigm for Twenty-First-Century Anthropology?
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What is the future of anthropology in a world that is becoming increasingly connected by new forms of globalization that hinge on a neoliberal economic model? What is the role of anthropology in highlighting and analyzing this global neoliberal condition, especially as it reflects not...
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Page Count: 200
Publication Year: 2010