Review essay: “The truest belief is compulsion”: Othering, the unconscious, and ethnographic inquiry



The Cunning of Recognition: Indigenous Alterities and the Making of Australian Multiculturalism. Elizabeth Povinelli. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002. xi + 338 pp., illustrations, photographs, notes, bibliography, index.

The Promise of the Foreign: Nationalism and the Technics of Translation in the Spanish Philippines. Vicente Rafael. Durham, NC: Duke University Press 2005. xviii + 231 pp., photographs, notes, references, index.

The Puerto Rican Syndrome. Patricia Gherovici. New York: Other Press, 2003. xviii + 296 pp., bibliography, index.

Naming the Witch. James Siegel. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006. xiii + 253 pp., photographs, illustrations, notes.