The Making of Anthropology : The Semiotics of Self and Other in the Western Tradition

J Pandian and S Parman, Vedams eBooks, 2004, xxii, 308 p, maps, ISBN : 8179360148, $39.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

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Contents: Prologue. I. Anthropology as discourse on self and other: 1. The semiotics of self and other in the making of western anthropology. 2. The semiotic structures of the Other in Us and the protean self/other. 3. The semiotics of anthropo-cartography and the domestication of the other. II. Colonialism and the anthropological domestication of the other: 4. The global expansion of Europe and the emergence of the world capitalist system. 5. European expansion in the new world and the domestication of the savage other. 6. European expansion in Sub-Saharan Africa and the domestication of the black racial other. 7. European expansion in Asia and the domestication of the oriental despotic other. 8. European expansion in Oceania and the domestication of the sexual aboriginal other. III. Discourse on the making of protein pluralism and the conception of anthropology as a humanistic science: 9. The discourse on culture and globalism, and the making of protean pluralism in anthropology. 10. The future of anthropology and the conception of anthropology as a humanistic science. Epilogue. Bibliography.

"This book offers an interpretation of anthropology as a discourse that contrasts the western self and the non-western other and shows that the organizing principle of this discourse was the Judeo-Christian episteme of the "Other in Us" that the Christian Church Fathers developed to define why the pagan others were endowed with negative, ungodly attributes of humanity. It is pointed out that the anthropological application of this episteme to represent and explain the colonized non-western others resulted in the emergence of eurocentric, hierarchical models of humanity, and that although these models of humanity were largely replaced by pluralistic models in the late 20 century, anthropology has continued to be linked with the episteme of the Other in Us.

The authors, Drs. Jacob Pandian and Susan Parman, professors of anthropology at California State University, Fullerton, suggest in this book that anthropology should be liberated or uncoupled from the Judeo-Christian episteme of the Other in Us in order for it to be relevant in the twenty-first century. They propose a model, identified in this book as "protean pluralism," for the study of the unity and diversity of humankind in the globalized world of the twenty-first century." (jacket)

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