Extended conflict situations in Northern Ireland or South Africa, the local impacts of the rise of multinational corporations, and the less obvious but equally persistent conflicts in workplaces, households and academic fields are all crucibles for the forging of identities. In this volume, in-depth research is brought to bear on enduring struggles and the practices of identity within those struggles. Grounded in a theory of practice, nine ethnographers address such topics as the politically sexualized transformation of identities of women political prisoners in Northern Ireland; the changing character of political activism across generations in a Guatemala Mayan family; the cultural forms that mediate the struggles between the state and grassroots activists in New York.
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History in Person deals with the, by now classical, anthropological questions of history, identity and power, in complex locations and challenging ways. Along the way, the contributors raise highly relevant issues concerning the body (see especially Aretxaga on strip-searching in Northern Ireland prisons), place gender and anthropology itself. The editors have skilfully brought together a number of vivid and well-written articles, some of which are truly outstanding, to shape what is definitely and important book.' Matei Candea in Cambridge Anthropology
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Book Description School of American Research, Santa Fe NM 2001., 2001. 1st edition. 8vo. ix + [389pp.] + adverts. Original boards, very good in d/w. ISBN 0852559291 US$9. Bookseller Inventory # 143458