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    DescriptionOurs is a century of uprootedness, with fewer and fewer people living out their lives where they are born. At such a time, in such a world, what does it mean to be "at home?" Perhaps among a nomadic people, for whom dwelling is not synonymous with being housed and settled, the search for an answer to this question might lead to a new way of thinking about home and homelessness, exile and belonging. At Home in the World is the story of just such a search. Intermittently over a period of three years Michael Jackson lived, worked, and traveled extensively in Central Australia. This book chronicles his experience among the Warlpiri of the Tanami Desert. Something of a nomad himself, having lived in New Zealand, Sierra Leone, England, France, Australia, and the United States, Jackson is deft at capturing the ambiguities of home as a lived experience among the Warlpiri. Blending narrative ethnography, empirical research, philosophy, and poetry, he focuses on the existential meaning of being at home in the world. Here home becomes a metaphor for the intimate relationship between the part of the world a person calls "self" and the part of the world called "other." To speak of "at-homeness," Jackson suggests, implies that people everywhere try to strike a balance between closure and openness, between acting and being acted upon, between acquiescing in the given and choosing their own fate. His book is an exhilarating journey into this existential struggle, responsive at every turn to the political questions of equity and justice that such a struggle entails. A moving depiction of an aboriginal culture at once at home and in exile, and a personal meditation on the practice of ethnography and the meaning of home in our increasingly rootless age, At Home in the World is a timely reflection on how, in defining home, we continue to define ourselves.


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    Title
    At Home in the World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael Jackson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780822325383
    ISBN 10: 0822325381
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1MBF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JFC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL9, JHM
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    DC21: 301
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    DC22: 301
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET026
    Ingram Theme: CULT/AUSTRL
    B&T Approval Code: A33200000
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 11
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27530
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 74
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
    BIC subject category V2: 1MBF
    Thema V1.0: JHM, JBCC, JBSL11
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1MBF
    Thema interest age/special interest qualifier V1.0: 5PB-AU-A
    Illustrations note
    3 maps
    Publisher
    Duke University Press
    Imprint name
    Duke University Press
    Publication date
    01 November 2000
    Publication City/Country
    North Carolina
    Review quote
    "Jackson has succeeded in the thoroughly anthropological enterprise of splicing together the wisdom of thinkers in Asian, Euro-American, and Judeo-Christian traditions with ordinary folk wisdom and wise statements of not-so-ordinary Walbiri. In his hands, all these strands converge on a timeless and highly contemporary, insistent, and essentially unanswerable question." - Paul Friedrich, American Ethnologist "Jackson provides qualitative ethnographic research and studies of 'home' with a model to be emulated. He casts his net wide and captures lived experience as well as words can harvest." - Paul Benson, Anthropology and Humanism "[An] important, exquisitely crafted book... notable for its innovative ethnography, philosophic acumen, and intricate portrayal of an aboriginal people." - Robert Desjarlais, American Anthropologist "[A] thoughtful study ... [A] kind of ethno-poetic essay about belonging and being uprooted in the contemporary world." - F. Allan Hanson, Cultural Survival Quarterly
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    "[An] important, exquisitely crafted book. . . notable for its innovative ethnography, philosophic acumen, and intricate portrayal of an aboriginal people."--Robert Desjarlais, "American Anthropologist " "Jackson provides qualitative ethnographic research and studies of 'home' with a model to be emulated. He casts his net wide and captures lived experience as well as words can harvest."--Paul Benson, "Anthropology and Humanism"