Honor and poetry in a Bedouin society. Working in the present pp.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: University of California Press, Duke University Press, In August ofthe theme of the venerable monthly publication, National Geographic, was "Global Culture.
Popular journalism is one thing; anthropology, however, should be quite another. Reviewing dissertation proposals for one foundation last year, I was surprised by the number of documents in which young scholars outlined their plans to examine manifestations of various cultural phenomena, from the steady thrum of hip-hop to the celestial vapors of transcendental meditation, as they have materialized in a variety of spaces all over the world ranging from [End Page ] the metropolitan to the remote.
They intended to do so, however, apparently without acknowledging that the meanings of such practices are still significantly mediated and thereby changed by a number of rather important institutions that continue to exist between the global and the local. Anthropology's long-standing focus on such levels of analysis as nation, state, region, locality, city and village seemed to have dissolved into a notion of "global culture" that risked becoming as amorphous and superficial as that presented by National Geographic.
And, yet, although the National Geographic article did acknowledge that, "Cultures don't become more uniform; instead, both old and new tend to transform each other," Zwingle Based on a partial survey of current work in anthropology, one might almost be tempted to argue that "globalization" has become the master trope that now threatens to supplant that bedrock concept so crucial to the practice of ethnography, "culture.
She argues that since culture has been used as the lens through which the "native" is viewed and by which the "native" is constructed, and as it is a conceptualization that continues to reify the divide between the anthropologist as "self" and the native as "other," an opposition whose probity was increasingly challenged in the post-Writing Culture environment of the s, it is a notion to be textually resisted see also Appadurai ; Gupta and Ferguson Abu-Lughod makes several useful suggestions for ways to "write against culture" as an alternative strategy for the production of ethnography.
These include refusing to make sweeping generalizations about people's lives; showing how experiences are constituted by actual individuals, who live in specific circumstances and possess particular histories; and incorporating into our texts a recognition of the ways in which our "informants," themselves, are also constantly engaged in questioning, interpreting, and re-interpreting their own lives and experiences Abu-Lughod Abu-Lughod suggests that to write against culture means to "explore the advantages of what I call 'ethnographies of the particular' as instruments of a tactical humanism" If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click 'Authenticate'.
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Univ of California Press, #02 Abu-Lughod: Writing against Culture. Friday, 11 December , pm – pm The Field, Queens Road, London SE14 5HD Chaired by OmarJoseph Nasser-Khoury Rail/Overground: New Cross Gate, Queens Road Peckham Free, please book your place.
We have selected Writing against Culture () by Lila Abu-Lughod for our second reading.
This discussion will be chaired by OmarJoseph . Anthropology after culture: an Abu-Lughod’s “Writing Against Culture” review Lila Abu-Lughod is an American anthropologist.
She currently is a professor of Anthropology, Women‟s and Gender Studies at Columbia University in New York.5/5(1). In the past decade, the idea that speaking of a culture inevitably giving a name to a whole ‘‘‘writing against culture’ suggests an inordinate degree of boundedness, homogeneity, co- herence, and stability has gained considerable support, and some movement’’ in Fernandez’s observation ().
ETHNOGRAPHIC METHODS 1. Theory and Methods Abu-Lughod, Lila, Writing against Culture. In Recapturing Anthropology: Working in the Present, ed. Richard Fox. Santa Fe, NM: School of American Research.
In “Writing against Culture” (), the influential feminist anthropologist Lila Abu-Lughod forwards the writing of “ethnographies of the particular” as a way to counter the potentially “othering” effect of the concept of culture.