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Classic Fieldwork, Critique and Engaged Anthropology

Into the New Century

George E. Marcus

Classic conditions of fieldwork research, to which anthropology remains committed, are difficult to establish today within far-reaching projects of neoliberal economy, governance and philanthropy. The forms of collaboration on which these projects insist, and those that ethnography encourages for its own research purposes, must be reconciled. On the bargains or adjustments that anthropology makes with neoliberal projects, within which it establishes scenes of fieldwork, depends its capacity to produce critique - its primary agenda since the 1980s. These issues are what are at stake in the widespread current discussions of, and hopes for, an 'engaged' anthropology.

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Ethnographic engagements with global elites

Paul Robert Gilbert and Jessica Sklair

relations might generate when one’s ethnographic subjects belong to a globally mobile, wealthy, and politically influential demographic. Indeed, in recent decades there has been something of a turn away from critique in anthropology and neighboring

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Critique, Dialogue, and Action

Museum Representation in Black Panther

Susan Dine

multitude of examples where these qualities were and are lacking. In 2018, these critiques visually coalesced in a museum scene in the widely popular Black Panther movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At less than five minutes of the two hours and

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Curious Utopias

Dreaming Big Again in the Twenty-first Century?

Ruth Prince and Tom Neumark

utopia as a ready-packaged model of the perfect society, to instead explore the contingent, experimental forms in which ideas of future better worlds are investigated. Thus, while we acknowledge the value and necessity of critique and seek to contribute

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Staying and Critiquing

Israeli Orthodox Women Filmmakers

Valeria Seigelsheifer and Tova Hartman

served to facilitate critiques of Judaism. Our study concentrates on several dozen recent women graduates of the Ma'aleh School of Television, Film and the Arts in Jerusalem. Founded in 1989, Ma'aleh is (according to its website) “a boutique film school

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A Critique of Liberal Universalism

The Concept of Secular Philosophical Grounding

Jaan S. Islam

being universal. In this article I critique the moral explicit and implicit justifications held by many of the positions that cosmopolitan philosophers take. The concept of moral dictation and assumed inherent superiority – that I demonstrate as

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Policing at a distance and that human thing

An appreciative critique of police surveillance

David Sausdal

will explain what the detective meant by this and how this connects to critiques of present-day policing. Issues of (policing at a) distance Questions of distance versus proximity or aloofness versus more intimate involvement are central not only

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Alienation between the Critique of Dialectical Reason and the Critique of Economic Reason

Sketch of a Materialist Ethics

Chiara Collamati

Translator : Marieke Mueller and Kate Kirkpatrick

‘force of things’ always acts through men? It is just this failure of analysis, when it tries to bring everything down to one level, which reveals history’s true milieu.] Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Signes 1 The status of critique as practical experience

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Anti-racist Critique Through Racial Stereotype Humour

What Could Go Wrong?

Matthias Pauwels

of Anti-racist Comedy? The above argument is focused not so much on humour's potential to critique the content of racist stereotypes but on its ability to discharge the affective energy with which they are invested through laughter as a

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Class, complicity, and capitalist ambition in Dhaka’s elite enclaves

Paul Robert Gilbert

, bulletproof system beloved as a target of critique” ( Winthereik and Jensen 2017: 252–262 ). To treat development as the unfolding of a “concealed power” ( Mosse and Lewis 2006: 15 ; see also Mosse 2013: 229 ; Yarrow and Venkatesan 2012: 7 ) vested in the