British subjects

British subjects

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The anthropology of Britain is hotly debated. What does it mean to live in Britain and to be 'British', and is an anthropology of Britain even a legitimate undertaking? British Subjects presents a forthright voice in this debate. Key anthropological concerns such as community, rationality, aesthetics, the body, power, work and leisure, nationalism and transnationalism are found reflected in the lives of a wide range of British 'subjects'--from farmers to dancers, children to retired miners, new-agers to entrepreneurs. In disputing traditional claims that anthropology 'at home' and 'of one's own' is misconceived, unnecessary or unperceptive, this book clearly establishes that an anthropology of Britain can set excellent standards of subtle ethnography and complex analysis. Providing a nuanced appreciation of the intricacies of British society, this book shows how the anthropological study of Britain can offer an enlightening paradigm for the study of individual lives.... the relationship between social belonging and physical bodies, or between belonging and global movement. It had been my intention at one stage to arrange the chapters in the book by their written rubric; the Table of Contents would offer a list of thematic and specific chapter titles. ... essays, however, what became more apparent than their titular differences were their substantive samenesses.

Title:British subjects
Author: Nigel Rapport
Publisher:Berg Publishers - 2002-03-01

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