Anthropology through a double lens : public and personal worlds in human theory /

"How can we hold both public and personal worlds in the eye of a unified theory of meaning? What ethnographic and theoretical possibilities do we create in the balance? Anthropology Through a Double Lens offers a theoretical framework encompassing both of these domains - a "double lens.&qu...

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Main Author: Linger, Daniel Touro.
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2005.
Series:EBL-Schweitzer
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Summary:"How can we hold both public and personal worlds in the eye of a unified theory of meaning? What ethnographic and theoretical possibilities do we create in the balance? Anthropology Through a Double Lens offers a theoretical framework encompassing both of these domains - a "double lens." Daniel Touro Linger argues that the literary turn in anthropology, which treats culture as text, has been a wrong turn. Cultural analysis of the interpretive or discursive variety, which focuses on public symbols, has difficulty seeing, much less dealing convincingly with, actual persons. While emphasizing the importance of social environments, Linger insists on equal sensitivity to the experiential immediacies of human lives. He develops a sustained critique of interpretive and discursive trends in contemporary anthropology, which have too strongly emphasized social determinism and public symbols while too readily dismissing psychological and biographical realities."--Jacket
Physical Description:1 online resource (236 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-226) and index.
ISBN:9780812203691
0812203690