Para-Sites: A Casebook Against Cynical Reason

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University of Chicago Press, 15.04.2000 - 493 Seiten
Para-Sites, the penultimate volume in the Late Editions series, explores how social actors located within centers of power and privilege develop and express a critical consciousness of their own situations. Departing from the usual focus of ethnography and cultural analysis on the socially marginalized, these pieces probe subjects who are undeniably complicit with powerful institutional engines of contemporary change. In each case, the possibility of alternative thinking or practices is in complex relation to the subject's source of empowerment.

These cases challenge the condition of cynicism that has been the favored mode of characterizing the mind-set of intellectuals and professionals, comfortable in their lives of middle-class consumption and work. In their effort to establish para-sites of critical awareness parallel to the levels of political and economic power at which they function, these subjects suggest that those who lead ordinary lives of modest power and privilege might not be parasites in relation to the systems they serve, but may be creating unique and independent critical perspectives.
 

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15
VI
103
VII
151
X
195
XI
225
XII
257
XIV
287
XV
349
XVI
377
XVII
395
XXI
433
XXII
483
XXIII
485
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Über den Autor (2000)

George E. Marcus is a professor and the chair of the Department of Anthropology at Rice University. He is the coauthor of Anthropology as Cultural Critique, among other books, and was the inaugural editor of the journal Cultural Anthropology.

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