Critical Anthropology Now
Unexpected Contexts, Shifting Constituencies, Changing Agendas
Publication Year: 1999
Published by: SAR Press
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1 Critical Anthropology Now An Introduction
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The distinctiveness of the papers in this volume lies in the strangeness of the positions in which a number of the writers found themselves in the field. This is not the traditional, exotic strangeness of anthropological fieldwork, of being immersed in other worlds of difference that anthropology itself has prepared one for. It is rather the loss of this condition that provides the strangeness here, the strangeness of being ...
2 Virtual Social Science and the Politics of Family Values
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The discourse of family crisis in the United States has a history as long as that of the republic, but as the twentieth century draws to a close, its outpourings proliferate in terms more urgent, fractious, and ubiquitous than members of our fore-families could conceivably have imagined. David Blankenhorn, president of the Institute for American Values and director of the National ...
3 Generation X Anthropology in a Media-Saturated World
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My problem for the present paper concerns the relationship between “public culture” on the one hand, and ethnographic inquiry on the other, in the contemporary United States. By “public culture” I mean all the bodies of images, claims, and representations created to speak to and about the actual people who live in the US: all of the products of art and entertainment (film, television, books, etc.), as well as all ...
4 Figuring David Koresh
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The events that transpired at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, between February and April of 1993 have continued to haunt us. Even before the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, they were the stuff of an ever-increasing array of popular legends: tragic, grotesque, exotic, conspiratorial, always titillating, never quite convincing or complete. They allow nearly as great a variety ...
5 New Lexicon, Old Language Negotiating the “Global” at the National Science Foundation
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In his characterization of bureaucracies as “bungling … bulky and almost unpronounceable,” Kenneth Burke (1964:76) captures a widespread opinion. In few other contexts, to his view, are innovation, creativity, and fluid adaptation to a changing world less likely to flourish. Indeed, Burke drew upon the seemingly contradictory juxtaposition of bureaucracy and imagination as a prime topic for the analytical ...
6 Blurred Boundaries, Hybrids, and Changelings The Fortunes of Nonprofit Organizations in the Late Twentieth Century
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For twenty years I have been trying to describe and analyze the historical development of the “third,” “independent,” or “nonprofit” sector. My earlier attempts (Hall 1982, 1987) treated the phenomenon as a straightforward historical narrative: I began at the beginning and worked my way to the end, from Elizabeth I’s Statute of Charitable Uses to the 1969 Tax Reform Act and beyond. ...
7 Locating Corporate Environmentalism Synthetics, Implosions, and the Bhopal Disaster
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Corporate environmentalism promises to help us clean up the past and manage future risks, while continuing to provide “better living through chemistry.” The promise circulates in glossy brochures sent to shareholders, at meetings in which citizens chat with plant managers, and within the enclaves of corporations themselves. ...
8 Worlding Cyberspace Toward a Critical Ethnography in Time, Space, and Theory
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Cyberspace is (check one; if reading this on the Web, click on one of the underlined links): (a) a game of finance and corporate maneuver; (b) an undoing of the legal system of intellectual and economic property rights, patents and copyright, secrecy and military export laws, and community standards for moral codes, as well as an undoing of several other traditional intellectual ...
9 American Moderns On Sciences and Scientists
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When I finished writing Making PCR, A Story of Biotechnology (Rabinow 1996), I wanted to reflect on the process and the stakes of the experience, to return to some of the original questions I had wrestled with in choosing and defining the research. PCR, or the polymerase chain reaction, provides the means to make genetic scarcity into ...
10 Postmodernist Critique in the 1980s, Nuclear Diplomacy, and the “Prisoner’s Dilemma” Probing Family Resemblances
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This paper is an experiment that focuses on high-level Cold War diplomacy in its twilight and critical postmodernism in its prime. I ask, in a US framework, about the state of internal change within the power/knowledge1 of nuclear diplomacy, a state that parallels in nonobvious ways critiques of the humanities and human sciences disciplines that emerged and spread during the 1980s. ...
11 Merchants in the Temple of Scholarship American University Press Publishing at Century’s End
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As the present century draws to a close, university presses in the US are enjoying something of a heyday. Against all odds—diminishing markets for scholarly books, increasing costs of book manufacture, decreasing sources of outside subvention, the financial and intellectual crisis that besets many leading American universities, and technological and other social ...
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Publication Year: 1999