Phenomenology in Anthropology

Phenomenology in Anthropology : A Sense of Perspective

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This volume explores what phenomenology adds to the enterprise of anthropology, drawing on and contributing to a burgeoning field of social science research inspired by the phenomenological tradition in philosophy. Essays by leading scholars ground their discussions of theory and method in richly detailed ethnographic case studies. The contributors broaden the application of phenomenology in anthropology beyond the areas in which it has been most influential-studies of sensory perception, emotion, bodiliness, and intersubjectivity-into new areas of inquiry such as martial arts, sports, dance, music, and political discourse.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 330 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 513g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 17 b&w illus.
  • 0253017750
  • 9780253017758
  • 106,256

About Kalpana Ram

Kalpana Ram is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Macquarie University and Director of the India Research Centre. Her books include Fertile Disorder: Spirit Possession and Its Provocations of the Modern.

Christopher Houston is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Macquarie University. His books include Kurdistan: Crafting of National Selves (IUP, 2008).
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"[R]eaders of this volume are presented with a strong case for the relevance of a particular (and major) strand within the phenomenological tradition to anthropology, along with several lucid demonstrations of how that strand can be used within anthropological analyses... [P]rovides a new and coherent orientation to what has been happening in the field." -Geoffrey Samuel, Cardiff University
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Table of contents

Introduction: Phenomenology's Methodological Invitation Kalpana Ram and Christopher Houston
1. Moods and Method: Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty on Emotion and Understanding Kalpana Ram
2. Toward a Cultural Phenomenology of Body-World Relations Thomas J. Csordas
3. Sacred Suffering: A Phenomenological Anthropological Perspective C. Jason Throop
4. Being `Sita': Physical Affects in the North Indian Dance of kathak Monica Dalidowicz
5. Beneath the Horizon: The Organic Body's Role in Athletic Experience Greg Downey
6. Unmeasured Music and Silence Ian Bedford
7. Experiencing Self-Abstraction: Studio Production and Vocal Consciousness Daniel Fisher
8. Being-in-the-Covenant: Reflections on the Crisis of Historicism in North Malaita, Solomon Islands Jaap Timmer
9. Seared with Reality: Phenomenology through Photography, in Nepal Robert Desjarlais
10. Writing Affect, Love and Desire into Ethnography L.L. Wynn
11. Senses of Magic: Anthropology, Art, and Christianity in the Vula'a Lifeworld Deborah Van Heekeren
12. Neither Things in Themselves nor Only for Someone: Anthropology, Phenomenology and Poetry Christopher Houston
Afterword Michael Jackson
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