9780822328537

The Cunning of Recognition

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  • ISBN13:

    9780822328537

  • ISBN10:

    0822328534

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-07-01
  • Publisher: Duke Univ Pr

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Summary

""The Cunning of Recognition" is one of the most challenging books I have read in years, a passionate and moving account of what the practice of multiculturalism looks like on the ground. Along the way, Povinelli inventively reframes debates within anthropological theory over kinship, culture, and the state. Without platitudes or readymade postures of critique, she shows us an impasse in liberal thought that stems not from its weaknesses, but from its strongest ethical sense of obligation toward those who are different. This is dialectical thinking at its best, painfully and excitingly honest."--Michael Warner, author of "The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life"

Author Biography

Elizabeth A. Povinelli is Professor of Anthropology and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: Critical Common Sense 1(34)
Mutant Messages
35(36)
The Vulva Thieves (Atna Nylkna): Modal Ethics and the Colonial Archive
71(40)
Sex Rites, Civil Rights
111(42)
Shamed States
153(34)
The Poetics of Ghosts: Social Reproduction in the Archive of the Nation
187(48)
The Truest Belief Is Compulsion
235(34)
Notes 269(42)
Selected Works Cited 311(14)
Index 325

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