The Resource Mimesis and alterity : a particular history of the senses, Michael Taussig

Mimesis and alterity : a particular history of the senses, Michael Taussig

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Mimesis and alterity : a particular history of the senses
Title
Mimesis and alterity
Title remainder
a particular history of the senses
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Michael Taussig
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Language
eng
Summary
Mimesis: the idea of imitation. Alterity: the idea of difference, the opposition of Self and Other. In his most accomplished work to date, Michael Taussig explores these complex and often interwoven concepts. Arguing that mimesis is the nature that culture uses to create second nature, he maintains that mimesis - variously experienced in different societies - is not only a faculty but also a history. That history, Taussig writes, is deeply tied to "Euroamerican colonialism, the felt relation of the civilizing process to savagery, to aping, sensateness caught in the net of passionful images spun for several centuries by the colonial trade with wildness." For anthropologists, social scientists, cultural critics, artists and everyone else caught up in the enigma of the postmodern, framing the question "What is Reality" is crucial to gaining an understanding of what it is we know and who we are. Why is it important to understand that traditions are inventions and that social life is a construction when they grip us with all the force of the "natural"? And how is it that we understand reality as both real and really made up? In Mimesis and Alterity Taussig undertakes an eccentric history of the mimetic faculty. He moves easily from the nineteenth-century invention of mimetically capacious machines, such as the camera, backwards to the fable of colonial "first-contact" and alleged mimetic prowess of "primitives," and then forward to contemporary time, when the idea of alterity is increasingly unstable. Utilizing anthropological theory, Taussig blends Latin American ethnography and colonial history with the insights of Walter Benjamin, Adorno and Horkheimer. Vigorous and unorthodox, Taussig's understanding of mimesis in different cultures deepens our meanings of ethnography, racism and society
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Taussig, Michael T
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GN345
LC item number
.T37 1993
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Ethnology
  • Imitation
  • Difference (Philosophy)
  • Mimesis in art
  • Constructivisme
  • Culturele identiteit
  • Cuna (volk)
  • Differentiefilosofie
  • Mimesis
  • Representatie (algemeen)
  • Ethnologie
  • Imitation
  • Différence (Philosophie)
  • Mimêsis in art
  • Difference (Philosophy)
  • Ethnology
  • Imitation
  • Mimesis in art
  • Representatie (algemeen)
  • Mimesis
  • Constructivisme
  • Culturele identiteit
  • Cuna (volk)
  • Differentiefilosofie
  • Représentation (esthétique)
  • Altérité (philosophie)
  • Imitation (art)
  • Ethnologie
  • Différence (philosophie)
  • ((Das)) Andere
  • Kulturphilosophie
  • Mimesis
Label
Mimesis and alterity : a particular history of the senses, Michael Taussig
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-290) and index
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text
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Contents
1. In some way or another one can protect oneself from evil spirits by portraying them -- 2. Physiognomic aspects of visual worlds -- 3. Spacing out -- 4. The golden bough: the magic of mimesis -- 5. The golden army: the organization of mimesis -- 6. With the wind of world history in our sails -- 7. Spirit of the mime, spirit of the gift -- 8. Mimetic worlds: invisible counterparts -- 9. The origin of the world -- 10. Alterity -- 11. The color of alterity -- 12. The search for the White Indian -- 13. America as woman: the magic of Western gear -- 14. The talking machine -- 15. His master's voice -- 16. Reflection -- 17. Sympathetic magic in a post-colonial age
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xix, 299 pages
Isbn
9780415906876
Isbn Type
(pb)
Lccn
92035584
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • (OCoLC)26719038
  • (OCoLC)ocm26719038
Label
Mimesis and alterity : a particular history of the senses, Michael Taussig
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-290) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. In some way or another one can protect oneself from evil spirits by portraying them -- 2. Physiognomic aspects of visual worlds -- 3. Spacing out -- 4. The golden bough: the magic of mimesis -- 5. The golden army: the organization of mimesis -- 6. With the wind of world history in our sails -- 7. Spirit of the mime, spirit of the gift -- 8. Mimetic worlds: invisible counterparts -- 9. The origin of the world -- 10. Alterity -- 11. The color of alterity -- 12. The search for the White Indian -- 13. America as woman: the magic of Western gear -- 14. The talking machine -- 15. His master's voice -- 16. Reflection -- 17. Sympathetic magic in a post-colonial age
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xix, 299 pages
Isbn
9780415906876
Isbn Type
(pb)
Lccn
92035584
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26719038
  • (OCoLC)ocm26719038

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