Get The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, PDF

By James Clifford

ISBN-10: 0674698436

ISBN-13: 9780674698437

The quandary of tradition is a serious ethnography of the West in its altering kinfolk with different societies. reading cultural practices corresponding to anthropology, trip writing, gathering, and museum monitors of tribal paintings, Clifford exhibits authoritative debts of alternative methods of lifestyles 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 identification and authenticity? What are the basic components and bounds of a tradition? How do self and "the other" conflict within the encounters of ethnography, trip, and glossy interethnic relatives? In discussions of ethnography, surrealism, museums, and emergent tribal arts, Clifford probes the late-twentieth century concern of residing concurrently inside, among, and after tradition.

Show description

Read Online or Download The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art PDF

Best culture books

Get Violence and the Sacred (Continuum Impacts) PDF

René Girard (1923-) was once Professor of French Language, Literature and Civilization at Stanford college from 1981 until eventually his retirement in 1995. Violence and the Sacred is Girard's excellent research of human evil. Girard explores violence because it is represented and happens all through historical past, literature and fable.

Get The Art of Professing in Bourbon Mexico: Crowned-Nun PDF

Within the eighteenth century, New Spaniards (colonial Mexicans) so lauded their nuns that they constructed an area culture of visually opulent pics, referred to as monjas coronadas or “crowned nuns,” that photo their matters in regal trappings in the interim in their non secular occupation and in loss of life.

Read e-book online Aspects of Culture in Second Language Acquisition and PDF

In recent times language studying has been more and more considered through a few SLA researchers as an basically social-psychological procedure within which the position of a much broader sociocultural context shouldn't be marginalized. This quantity bargains a necessary contribution to this becoming physique of study via offering theoretical concerns and empirical examine facts on subject matters resembling the improvement of intercultural communicative competence, the position of English as a lingua franca in intercultural conversation, and where of cultural components in SLA theorizing, examine, second/foreign language instructing and instructor education.

Extra info for The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art

Example text

Yet a grasp of meter was not the only criterion of lyrical fitness. Writers also had to consider how fitting were their allusions, vocabulary, sentiment, or tone to the audience and the likely performative context. No song may be imposed on unwilling listeners – it might be shouted down, laughed at, or simply ignored – and thus even the most topical political message had to be couched in terms appropriate to its audience. 38 But it should help inform our judgements as to the fitness of Napoleonic productions: only the craftiest of Trojan horses are likely to have passed through the gates of popular culture.

Such were the persons responsible for mediating, even recreating, popular song, in public performance. As observed with regard to singers’ self-fashioning as crippled veterans or war widows, even the material properties of a performance could subvert a song’s message. Mather ‘used to “raise the wind” by vending his songs in the streets, seated on a grinder’s donkey, or on the back of Ben Sharp’s bull . . 152 This revelry was rendered anti-authoritarian by the preceding declaration, in the song’s final verse, that ‘I’d sooner dance to the fiddle than march to the drum’: the singer’s unrestrained gaiety contrasts with the clumsy drilling forced upon volunteers.

Yet singers could also use physical properties to construct a loyalist persona. 153 The performative act also offered scope for musical licence. 155 This highly individualistic agency should be added to the historical record: on some level, the singer was always an artist, if not necessarily a very good one. This enabled singers consciously or inadvertently to subvert songwriters’ intended meanings through ironic or bathetic delivery. Yet it should be noted (and set against evidence of singers’ tendency to subversion) that their performative importance could also represent a great strength of the loyalist campaign.

Download PDF sample

The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art by James Clifford

by Ronald

Rated 4.33 of 5 – based on 10 votes