New PDF release: Asian Anthropology (Anthropology in Asia)

By Jan Van Bremen

ISBN-10: 020330814X

ISBN-13: 9780203308141

ISBN-10: 0415349834

ISBN-13: 9780415349833

Asian Anthropology increases vital questions concerning the nature of anthropology and especially the construction and intake of anthropological wisdom in Asia. rather than assuming a common commonplace or trajectory for the advance of anthropology in Asia, the members to this quantity commence with the precise premise that anthropologies in several Asian international locations have built and proceed to advance in keeping with their very own inner dynamics. With chapters written by way of a global workforce of specialists within the box, Asian Anthropology should be an invaluable instructing software and a useful source for students operating in Asian anthropology.

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Issues of power, disparity, and dominance are as central today as they were in the past. Diamond, for instance, posits that the discipline is about as universal as the Singer sewing machine. It is a diffused technic that can be fabricated abroad. International anthropology has . . become a uniform profession, put to the same uses in Bombay as in London, Tokyo, New York or Moscow . . An Indian and African anthropologist, trained in this Western technic, does not behave as an Indian or African when he behaves as an anthropologist .

In a related vein, fascinating questions raised by work on Asian cultures center not so much on Westernization as (to put this point by way of example) the Japanization of Korea, the Sinicization of China’s minorities, or the cultural homogenization of the Indonesian archipelago. In addition, the presence of Asian diasporas around the globe – speaking different languages and linked in diverse ways to their “homes” – may probe us to go beyond the borders of nation-states to analyze the distribution of cultural phenomena regardless of where they stand in relation to geo-political boundaries.

1999b) Among the Anthropologists: History and Context in Anthropology, London and New Brunswick, NJ: The Athlone Press.

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