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A Companion to Latin American Anthropology by Deborah Poole

By Deborah Poole

Created from 24 newly commissioned chapters, this defining reference quantity on Latin the US introduces English-language readers to the debates, traditions, and sensibilities that experience formed the research of this varied quarter.

  • Contributors comprise one of the most famous figures in Latin American and Latin Americanist anthropology
  • Offers formerly unpublished paintings from Latin the US students that has been translated into English explicitly for this quantity
  • Includes overviews of nationwide anthropologies in Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, and Brazil, and is usually topically excited by new study
  • Draws on unique ethnographic and archival examine
  • Highlights nationwide and local debates
  • Provides a bright feel of ways anthropologists frequently mix highbrow and political paintings to handle the urgent social and cultural problems with Latin the USA

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Argentina was an unequal whole, driven by “internal colonialism,” and explained under the new paradigm of Fernando Cardoso’s and Enzo Faletto’s “dependency theory” (in Argentina, also of Miguel Murmis and José Nun). Peronism was a case in point. indd 22 1/25/2008 12:04:59 PM ARGENTINA: CONTAGIOUS MARGINALITIES 23 sociologists thought of it rather as the expression of the underclass’s material and political conditions, and of their attempts to gain control over their reproduction. Since such a debate was quite removed from the aims of official anthropology, social anthropologists decided to publish in social science journals (for example, Desarrollo Económico (IDES), Revista Latinoamericana de Sociología, Coloquio, Índice), rather than in strictly anthropological ones (Runa, Cuadernos del INA, and Relaciones de la Sociedad Argentina de Antropología).

Such processes, previously unknown to Argentines, have transformed anthropological debates in myriad ways as they experiment with novel approaches to new research areas and subjects. There is, consequently, a fresh questioning of the traditionally muted effects of hegemonic formations of alterity and politicity that have permeated the anthropological field. While the typical subjects of anthropology – indigenous and black groups – actively question their marginality and, along with newly organized groups such as retired senior citizens, jubilados, and the unemployed piqueteros take on an unprecedented visibility, we Argentine anthropologists have yet to come out of the margins.

Lazzari, A. (2002) El indio argentino y el discurso de cultura. Del Instituto Nacional de la Tradición al Instituto Nacional de Antropología. In S. Visacovsky and R. Guber (eds), Historias y estilos de trabajo de campo en Argentina (pp. 153–202). Buenos Aires: Editorial Antropofagia. indd 29 1/25/2008 12:04:59 PM 30 CLAUDIA BRIONES AND ROSANA GUBER Lazzari, A. (2004) Antropología en el estado. El Instituto Etnico Nacional (1946–1955). In F. Neiburg and M. Plotkin (eds), Intelectuales y expertos.

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