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Lawrence Cohen

This chapter engages both the irony of old age and the old age of irony. Building on an understanding of senility and dementia as reg- isters of voice, it makes three principal assertions: first, that a form of listeningwe might term ironic may allow for less depersonaliza- tion of those we hear to be senile; second, that an ironic relationship to the biologization of everythingavoids a return to nature/culture binaries; and third, that irony for both Plato and for Vico is framed as a temporal register of the aging of things. Using Socrates as an example of a figure whose aging is outside of nature yet under the law, the essay explores the tension between living with the difficult elderly and seeking to displace them in order to maintain the time- lessness of culture.

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Culture Trumps Scientific Fact

‘Race’ in US American Language

Augustine Agwuele

salient those things that are important to a society. A mere paradigmatic dimensional view of the biologization of race will trivialize serious associated social consequences. According to Montagu (1962: 926) : “For the layman, as for others, the term

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Repaying the Debts of the Dead

Kinship, Microfinance, and Mortuary Practice on the Paraguayan Frontier

Caroline E. Schuster

anthropology of studying “kinship work-in-progress” ( Franklin and McKinnon 2001a: 9 ) in the realm of debts is that it exposes other criteria for social difference beyond the putative difference of naturalized ‘biologizing’ assumptions about sexual

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Marilyn Strathern

affairs. The problem of kinship was hidden, both through its often remarked relegation to domestic affairs and through the eclipse of older understandings by the very concept of nature as such. Now biologized, as it came to be in concerns voiced over

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From Morality to Psychology

Emotion Concepts in Urdu, 1870—1920

Margrit Pernau

moving toward a somatization and biologization of emotions. 29 The practical knowledge of the colonial power and what it presents as scientific knowledge not only point in two slightly different directions, they also proceed according to different