Perilous States: Conversations on Culture, Politics, and Nation
edited by George E. Marcus
University of Chicago Press, 1994 Cloth: 978-0-226-50446-9 | Paper: 978-0-226-50447-6
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Encompassing a range of disciplines—notably anthropology, politics, history, comparative literature, and philosophy—the unprecedented annual publication Late Editions exposes unsettling dilemmas and unprecedented challenges facing cultural studies on the brink of the twenty-first century. Successive volumes will appear annually until the year 2000, each engaging the predicaments of particular institutions, nations, and persons at this point of social, cultural, and political change. The project will test the limits of scholarly conventions by finding new ways to expose cultural formations emerging from the maturation or exhaustion of once-powerful ideas whose validity is now deeply in question.
Perilous States, the first volume of Late Editions, presents conversations between American scholars, most of whom are anthropologists, and individuals situated amidst political and social upheaval. Pimarily but not exclusively from Eastern Europe, the cast includes Russian writers, Hungarian scientists and academics, Armenian politicians, Siberian religious and medical leaders, a Gypsy leader, a Polish poet, a French politician, and a white South African musician who is a self-styled Zulu. Their voices unite around themes of democracy, market economy, individual rights, and the reawakened force of suppressed ethnic and racial identities.
To obtain fresh perspectives on these cultural and social transformations, the volumes will consist of in-depth conversations, relayed in essay form, between scholars and individuals in other cultures with whom they share affinities. This novel approach blends the immediacy of interviews, the objectivity of journalism, and the intellectual rigor of scholarship.
Contributors to this volume are Marjorie Balzer, Sam Beck, David B. Coplan, Michael M. J. Fischer, Nia Georges, Bruce Grant, Douglas R. Holmes, Stella Gregorian, George E. Marcus, Kathryn Milun, Eleni Papagaroufali, Paul Rabinow, Julie Taylor, and Tom White.
George E. Marcus is a professor and the chair of the Department of Anthropology at Rice University. He is the coauthor of Anthropology as Cultural Critique, among other books, and was the inaugural editor of the journal Cultural Anthropology.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1 Introduction to the Series and to Volume 1, George E. Marcus 2 Dirges for Soviets Passed, Bruce Grant 3 Returning to Eastern Europe, Kathryn Milun 4 Six to Eight Characters in Search of Armenian Society amidst the Carnivalization of History, Michael M. J. Fischer and Stella Grigorian 5 Two Urban Shamans: Unmasking Leadership in Fin-de-Soviet Siberia, Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer 6 Racism and the Formation of a Romani Ethnic Leader, Sam Beck 7 Working through the Other: The Jewish, Spanish, Turkish, Iranian, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, and German Unconscious of Polish Culture; or, One Hand Clapping: Dialogue, Silences, and the Mourning of Polish Romanticism, Michael M. J. Fischer and Leszek Koczanowicz 8 Greek Woman in the Europe of 1992: Brokers of European Cargoes and the Logic of the West, Eleni Papagaroufali and Nia Georges 9 Illicit Discourse, Douglas R. Holmes 10 The Outlaw State and the Lone Rangers, Julie Taylor 11 A Terrible Commitment: Balancing the Tribes in South African National Culture, David B. Coplan 12 A Preview of Volume 2 (1994): Reflections on Fieldwork in Alameda, Paul Rabinow
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