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Description - The Apotheosis of Captain Cook by Gananath Obeyesekere

Here Gananath Obeyesekere debunks one of the most enduring myths of imperialism, civilization, and conquest: the notion that the Western civilizer is a god to savages. Using shipboard journals and logs kept by Captain James Cook and his officers, Obeyesekere reveals the captain as both the self-conscious civilizer and as the person who, his mission gone awry, becomes a "savage" himself. In this new edition of The Apotheosis of Captain Cook, the author addresses, in a lengthy afterword, Marshall Sahlins's 1994 book, How "Natives" Think, which was a direct response to this work.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691057521
ISBN-10: 0691057524
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 24-Nov-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gananath Obeyesekere

Gananath Obeyesekere is Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University. His many books include The Work of Culture: Symbolic Transformation in Psychoanalysis and Anthropology and, with Richard Gombrich, Buddhism Transformed: Religious Change in Sri Lanka (Princeton).

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