Culture, Economy, Power
Anthropology as Critique, Anthropology as Praxis
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Confronts major questions facing anthropology, Marxist theory, cultural studies, feminism, and history.
Grounded in a conviction that anthropological knowledge implies critique and that engaging in anthropology is also ultimately an act of praxis, various contributors explore the ways in which the precepts of Marxism continue to illuminate and enhance our understanding of culture, economy, and politics. They focus on the question of epistemology to examine the process of anthropological intellectual production in different national settings and analyze the ways in which hierarchies of power and forms of state domination figure in the formation of subjectivities in different ethnographic contexts. The authors also reflect upon how class, gender, ethnicity, racialized forms of ethnicity, as well as regional and national identities, are configured through the relationships involved in making a living under late capitalism.
Winnie Lem is Associate Professor of Comparative Development Studies at Trent University and the author of Cultivating Dissent: Work, Identity, and Praxis in Rural Languedoc, also published by SUNY Press. Belinda Leach is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Guelph.
"Anthropology has, until recently, often been all materialism or all culture. The articles here make an important contribution to the integration of the two. Many of the chapters represent very significant innovations in approaching questions of memory, discourse, inequality, and globalization. The collection is particularly unique and significant in its contribution to the analysis of anthropology and power. " — Frances Abrahamer Rothstein, coeditor of Anthropology and the Global Factory: Studies of the New Industrialization in the Late Twentieth Century