Exotic No More
Anthropology on the Front Lines
Edited by Jeremy MacClancy
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Exotic No More by Jeremy MacClancy
Book DescriptionSince its founding in the nineteenth century, social anthropology has been seen as the study of exotic peoples in faraway places. But today more and more anthropologists are dedicating themselves not just to observing but to understanding and helping solve social problems wherever they occur - in international aid organizations, British TV studios, American hospitals, or racist enclaves in Eastern Europe, for example. In Exotic No More, an initiative of the Royal Anthropological Institute, some of today's most respected anthropologists demonstrate, in clear, unpretentious prose, the tremendous contributions that anthropology can make to contemporary society. They cover issues ranging from fundamentalism to forced migration, child labor to crack dealing, human rights to hunger, ethnicity to environmentalism, intellectual property rights to international capitalisms. But Exotic No More is more than a litany of gloom and doom; the essays also explore topics usually associated with leisure or "high" culture, including the media, visual arts, tourism, and music. The authors use specific examples from their fieldwork to illustrate their discussions, and 62 photographs enliven the text. Throughout the book, the contributors highlight anthropology's commitment to taking people seriously on their own terms, paying close attention to what they are saying and doing, and trying to understand how they see the world and why. Sometimes this bottom-up perspective makes the strange familiar, but it can also make the familiar strange, exposing the cultural basis of seemingly "natural" behaviors and challenging us to rethink some of our most cherished ideas - about gender, "free" markets, "race," and "refugees," among many others.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226500133
(234mm x 165mm x 22mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 15-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jeremy MacClancy
Alternative Countrysides, Hardback (June 2015)
A fresh anthropological look at a central but neglected topic, the profound changes in rural life throughout Western Europe today. As locals leave for jobs in cities they are replaced by a variety of incomers, including neo-hippies, lifestyle-seekers, eco-activists, and rural labour migrants from beyond the EU.
Anthropology in the Public Arena, Hardback (March 2013)
This articulate and authoritative survey of both the popular and academic trends in anthropology demonstrates the broad relevance of anthropological knowledge and argues for a more inclusive conception of the discipline that engages the public imagination.
Contesting Art, Paperback (September 1997)
Examining the significant relations among art, identity and politics in the modern world, this text investigates the internal and external political disputes underlying the "repatriation" of cultural property.
Popularizing Anthropology, Hardback (September 1996)» View all books by Jeremy MacClancy
In this volume anthropologists examine the way they write for a non-academic audience: what kind of books they produce, how they are written, what the pitfalls and advantages are, and what becomes popular - as well as why.
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Author Biography - Jeremy MacClancy
Jeremy MacClancy is professor in social anthropology at Oxford Brookes University. He is the author or editor of a number of books, including Consuming Culture, Popularizing Anthropology, and The Decline of Carlism.
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