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Power and the Self

Power and the Self

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Gananath Obeyesekere, Jeannette Mageo, Bruce Knauft, Nancy Scheper-Hughes, William S. Lachicotte, Ann Allison, Katherine Ewing, Douglas Dalton, Harriet Whitehead, Catherine Lutz
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  • Date Published: February 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521004602

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  • This edited volume deals with an important but neglected topic--the ways in which power is experienced by individuals, as agents as well as objects of the exercise of power. Each contributor presents a series of case studies drawn from a variety of cultural contexts. These include a chapter on the treatment of patients in American nursing homes, the plight of immigrant Turkish women in the Netherlands, and one contribution that relates theories about the capacity to commit genocidal violence to "everyday forms of violence".

    • Applying self psychology to ideas of power is a new topic in anthropology
    • The book's grounding in a wide range of transcultural case study material and its theoretical timeliness make it well suited for classroom use
    • Introduction provides readable historical review and synthesis of the theories that come together and provide the context for the work presented
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    "...there is a little something for everyone in it. This is due to the good care that Mageo has taken to ensure that the reader is presented with a fair selection of the wide range of topics that a cultural anthropologist interested in power and the self might concern herself with." Metapsychology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521004602
    • length: 234 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.378kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Gananath Obeyesekere
    1. Introduction: Theorizing power and the self Jeannette Mageo and Bruce Knauft
    Part I. Power Differentials in the US:
    2. The genocidal continuum: peace time crimes Nancy Scheper-Hughes
    3. Intimate power, public selves: Bakhtin's space of authoring William S. Lachicotte
    Part II. Transitional Psychologies:
    4. Playing with power: morphing toys and transforming heroes in kids' mass culture Ann Allison
    5. Consciousness of the state and the experience of self: the runaway daughter of a Turkish guest worker Katherine Ewing
    Part III. Colonial Encounters: Power/History/Self:
    6. Spirit, self, and power: the making of colonial experience in Papua New Guinea Douglas Dalton
    7. Self models and sexual agency Jeannette Mageo
    Part IV. Reading Power against the Grain:
    8. Eager subjects, reluctant powers: the irrelevance of ideology in a secret New Guinea male cult Harriet Whitehead
    9. Feminist emotions Catherine Lutz.

  • Editor

    Jeannette Marie Mageo, Washington State University
    Jeannette Marie Mageo is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Washington State University. She has lived and done extensive fieldwork in the Pacific, and she writes about self, power, transvesticism, spirit possession, moral discourse and body symbolism.


    Gananath Obeyesekere, Jeannette Mageo, Bruce Knauft, Nancy Scheper-Hughes, William S. Lachicotte, Ann Allison, Katherine Ewing, Douglas Dalton, Harriet Whitehead, Catherine Lutz

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