By George E. Marcus

ISBN-10: 0226504506

ISBN-13: 9780226504506

Utilizing cultural anthropology to research debates that reverberate during the human sciences, George E. Marcus and Michael M. J. Fischer glance heavily at cultural anthropology's previous accomplishments, its present predicaments, its destiny course, and the insights it has to supply different fields of analysis. the result's a provocative paintings that's very important for students drawn to a serious method of social technology, paintings, literature, and heritage, in addition to anthropology. This moment variation considers new demanding situations to the sphere that have arisen because the book's unique ebook.

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Antoinette Burton (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003), 103–4; Frederick Cooper, “Conflict and Connection: Rethinking Colonial African History,” AHR 99, no. 5 (1994): 1516–45. 39 Cohn, Colonialism; Inden, Imagining India; See the discussion of these writers in: Bayly, “Caste,” 165–6. ws/blogs/ChrisRedfield 18 Introduction modernity during two hundred years of British domination. 40 Writers on Africa have often gone even further in their arguments about the colonial construction – or invention – of ethnicities (or “tribalism” as it is sometimes termed).

The commercial and scholarly elite in these and other towns created the space necessary to negotiate the cultural and linguistic differences between traders from North Africa on the one hand and those from sub-Saharan West Africa on the other. The traces of the literate culture of trade and Islamic scholarship provide the richest sources for reconstructing the history of this region. 4 Connected to North Africa and the larger Islamic world in an intellectual sense as the bearers and local producers of Islamic knowledge, Takruri scholars and merchants in the Sahel saw themselves as part of a larger, cosmopolitan Muslim world.

It is just empirically untrue that there was ever a single coherent form of racial thought that could stand as a nominal model for what “real racial thought” is. 12 David Nirenberg, “Race and the Middle Ages: The Case of Spain and Its Jews,” in Rereading the Black Legend: The Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires, ed. Margaret R. Greer, Walter D. Mignolo, and Maureen Quilligan (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007), 73–4. 13 Two of the clearest examples are Michael Banton, Racial Theories (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987) and Ivan Hannaford, Race: The History of an Idea in the West (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996).

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