Cosmopolitan Anthropology as Responsibility to the Other

A cosmopolitan research method and agenda would need to reckon with the primordial otherness of the humans we encounter either face-to-face or indirectly. Thereby, it would have to internalize methodologically the ethical constitution of any form of subjectivity. In this perspective, it is unethical to turn the other into an object of knowledge. This means […]

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Ethics and the Other

One way of reconciling [the] project of a cosmopolitan anthropology with an ontology that is mindful of the social nature of the self is to turn the universal figure of Everyone into a someone, in particular into someone else, that is, into an other. The other, who never really can be reduced to an alter […]

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Michael Taussig: The End of the Masterful Explanation

Some leftover notes from Taussig, for the scrapbook, extracted from: Taussig, Michael. (1993). Mimesis and Alterity: A Particular History of the Senses. New York: Routledge. ••••••• The end of “inquiry” and the mastery of the First World: “To call these reflections on Western reflections an ‘inquiry’ suggests that the anthropological project can continue unabated with […]

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Revolution (3 Canal): “This land is ‘mines’ “

Another of my favourite Rapso pieces from 3-Canal, a visually very attractive video in my eyes, one that manages to bring out the revolutionary shades of the Trinidadian flag itself, in an act of reinterpretation. The last quarter of the video, showing the singers and dancers splashed in black oil, paint, and beating biscuit tins […]

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Not Radical Enough: Disengaged Anthropology (1.5)

“The choice to rely … on cultural anthropologists in the rebuilding of a defeated enemy has particular resonance now as the United States struggles to rebuild a stable and viable Iraq. … As the occupation of Iraq appears more complex by the day, where are the new Ruth Benedicts, authoritative voices who will carry weight […]

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