3. Holism and the Expectations of Critique in Post-1980s Anthropology

Notes and Queries in Three Acts and an Epilogue

  1. Ton Otto2 and
  2. Nils Bubandt3
  1. George E. Marcus

Published Online: 14 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324426.ch3

Experiments in Holism: Theory and Practice in Contemporary Anthropology

Experiments in Holism: Theory and Practice in Contemporary Anthropology

How to Cite

Marcus, G. E. (2010) Holism and the Expectations of Critique in Post-1980s Anthropology, in Experiments in Holism: Theory and Practice in Contemporary Anthropology (eds T. Otto and N. Bubandt), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324426.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 2

    The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, PO Box 6811, Cairns Qld 4870, Australia

  2. 3

    Afdeling for Antropologi og Etnografi, Aarhus Universitet, Moesgaard, 8270 Hojbjerg, Denmark

Author Information

  1. Department of Anthropology, 3151 Social Science Plaza, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697, United States

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 18 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444333237

Online ISBN: 9781444324426

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Keywords:

  • Holism and the Expectations of Critique in Post-1980s Anthropology;
  • How Holism Has Mattered in Modern Anthropology;
  • “a restricted form of anthropology”;
  • Holism as a Problem of the Limits of Conventional Representation;
  • Holism as a Different Problem in the Refunctioning of Ethnographic Research as an Enterprise of Critique;
  • Three Exhibits - Strathern, Rabinow, and Bunzl;
  • The ECB [European Central Bank] and the RBNZ [Bank of New Zealand]

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Orientation

  • Act 1: How Holism Has Mattered in Modern Anthropology

  • Act 2: Holism as a Problem of the Limits of Conventional Representation

  • Act 3: Holism as a Different Problem in the Refunctioning of Ethnographic Research as an Enterprise of Critique

  • Three Exhibits: Strathern, Rabinow, and Bunzl

  • Epilogue

  • References