By James Clifford
The main issue of Culture is a serious ethnography of the West in its altering kin with different societies. interpreting cultural practices similar to anthropology, go back and forth writing, gathering, and museum screens of tribal paintings, Clifford indicates authoritative debts of alternative methods of existence to be contingent fictions, now actively contested in postcolonial contexts. His critique increases questions of world value: Who has the authority to talk for any group's id and authenticity? What are the fundamental parts and bounds of a tradition? How do self and "the different" conflict within the encounters of ethnography, commute, and sleek interethnic kinfolk? In discussions of ethnography, surrealism, museums, and emergent tribal arts, Clifford probes the late-twentieth century concern of dwelling at the same time inside, among, and after tradition.
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H i s Oeuvres ( 1 968 -69) consists of essays, scholarly a rtic l es, interventions at meeti ngs, numerous ebook re perspectives . Compressed c l ass ics reminiscent of The present ( 1 923) and A common Theo ry of Magic ( 1 902) have been pub l ished i n the Annee sociologique. H i s magn u m opus, a d issertation on prayer, remai ned a col l ection o f d rafts, essays, scraps, and notes. So d identity different artificial works on cash and the state . possibly simply because loads used to be attached i n his m i nd, Mauss cou l d eas i l y be sidetracked ; and he used to be profl igate with com mitments and loya lties. He lectu crimson continuously and spent years bri nging paintings via O N ETH N O G R A P H I C S U R R E A L I S M one hundred twenty five deceased col leagues ( D u rkheim, Robert Hertz, Henri H u bert) to com ple tion . A D reyfu sard and soc i a l ist within the trad ition of j a u res, he wrote for L'h umanite and participated i n str i kes, elections, and the pop u l a r u n i versity circulate. U n l i ke D u rkhe i m , h i s particularly austere uncl e, Mauss was once gre garious, bohe m i a n , and someth i ng of a bon vivant. a few reca l l Mauss as a devoted D u rkhe i m i a n . Others see a foreru nner of stru ct u ra l i s m . a few see pri mari ly an anthropologi st, others a h istori an . Sti l l others, c iting h i s rabb i n ical roots, h i s tra i n i ng i n Sanskrit, and h i s l ife lengthy i nterest i n ritu a l , a l l y h i m with scholars o f re l igion s u c h as h i s buddies Marcel G ranet, H u bert, a n d Leenhardt. a few tension Mauss's icon oclasm, others h i s coherent soc i a l i st-h u ma n i st vis ion . a few see a bri l l i ant armc h a i r theorist. Others bear in mind a pointy empirical observer. The d i ffe hire models of Mauss a re now not irreconci lable, yet they don't q u ite upload u p . humans learn ing and remembering h i m a l methods appear to locate a few th i ng of themselves (from Leroi-Gou rhan 1 982 : three 2-3 three ) : For a interval o f years whilst i used to be attend i n g approximately a l l h i s cou rses i t was once agreed comrade and 1 - a Russian Jew, Deborah Lifchitz who d i ed i n the Nazi deportation-would take notes i n flip and that i n a fashion that wou ld l et us evaluate them to determ i ne the true content material of Mauss's teac h i ng. We by no means controlled to build anyth ing coherent since it used to be too wealthy and constantly ended u p on the horizon. Later a checklist of h i s cou rse was once publ i shed by means of a gaggle of former scholars. Wel l , there has been a complete d i vergence among what they famous and what Deborah and that i took down ! T h i s i s the key, I bel ieve, of the rea l spe l l he solid on h i s fo l l owers . An exa m p l e of ways Mauss's pec u l iar model of i ntel lectual sti m u l a tion received a ro u nd is equipped through the good fieldworker Alfred Metraux, who used to be h i s scholar d u r i n g the m id-twenties ( B i ng 1 964 : 2 zero -2 five ) . Being of a carefu l , empi rica l tem perament, Metraux quickly d i strusted the fast-and unfastened means that eth n ogra p h i c truth was once bei n g u sed by way of the early su rreal i sts . H e dedicated h i s l i fe to firsthand examine , becomi ng, i n the phrases of Sid ney M i ntz ( 1 nine 7 2 : 2 ) , the "fieldworker's fieldworker.