Ethnography in Unstable Places : Everyday Lives in Contexts of Dramatic Political Change

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Ethnography in Unstable Places : Everyday Lives in Contexts of Dramatic Political Change

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 439 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780822328483
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Ethnography in Unstable Places is a collection of ethnographic accounts of everyday situations in places undergoing dramatic political transformation. Offering vivid case studies that range from the Middle East and Africa to Europe, Russia, and Southeast Asia, the contributing anthropologists narrate particular circumstances of social and political transformation-in contexts of colonialism, war and its aftermath, social movements, and post-Cold War climates-from the standpoints of ordinary people caught up in and having to cope with the collapse or reconfiguration of the states in which they live.Using grounded ethnographic detail to explore the challenges to the anthropological imagination that are posed by modern uncertainties, the contributors confront the ambiguities and paradoxes that exist across the spectrum of human cultures and geographies. The collection is framed by introductory and concluding chapters that highlight different dimensions of the book's interrelated themes-agency and ethnographic reflexivity, identity and ethics, and the inseparability of political economy and interpretivism. Ethnography in Unstable Places will interest students and specialists in social anthropology, sociology, political science, international relations, and cultural studies.Contributors. Eve Darian-Smith, Howard J. De Nike, Elizabeth Faier, James M. Freeman, Robert T. Gordon, Carol J. Greenhouse, Nguyen Dinh Huu, Carroll McC. Lewin, Elizabeth Mertz, Philip C. Parnell, Nancy Ries, Judy Rosenthal, Kay B. Warren, Stacia E. Zabusky

Table of Contents

Introduction: Altered States, Altered Lives        1  (36)
Carol J. Greenhouse
Part One. Law against Culture
Ghettos in the Holocaust: The Improvisation 37 (24)
of Social Order in a Culture of Terror
Carroll McC. Lewin
Unsettled Settlers: Internal Pacification and 61 (24)
Vagrancy in Namibia
Robert J. Gordon
Judges without Courts: The Legal Culture of 85 (28)
German Reunification
Howard J. De Nike
Part Two. Ethnographies of Agency in the
Fissures of the State
Ethnography in/of Transnational Processes: 113(33)
Following Gyres in the Worlds of Big Science
and European Integration
Stacia E. Zabusky
The Composite State: The Poor and the Nation 146(32)
in Manila
Phillip C. Parnell
Domestic Matters: Feminism and Activism among 178(32)
Palestinian Women in Israel
Elizabeth Faier
``Best Interests'' and the Repatriation of 210(39)
Vietnamese Unaccompanied Minors
James M. Freeman
Nguyen Dinh Huu
Part Three. Resistance and Remembrance
Beating the Bounds: Law, Identity, and 249(27)
Territory in the New Europe
Eve Darian-Smith
``Honest Bandits'' and ``Warped People'': 276(40)
Russian Narratives about Money, Corruption,
and Moral Decay
Nancy Ries
Trance against the State 316(39)
Judy Rosenthal
Part Four. Conclusion
The perfidy of Gaze and the Pain of 355(24)
Uncertainty: Anthropological Theory and the
Search for Closure
Elizabeth Mertz
Toward an Anthropology of Fragments, 379(14)
Instabilities, and Incomplete Transitions
Kay B. Warren
Contributors 393(2)
Works Cited 395(32)
Index 427