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The Ethnographic Moment

The Ethnographic Moment (Hardback)

By Redfield, Robert
By Friedmann, F. G.
Edited by Rees, David A.

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The first fifty years of the twentieth century were a time of ferment in American anthropology. American ethnographic work evolved from the salvage work of professionals affiliated with museums who undertook to document with artifacts and testimony the threatened traditional way ...of life among the Native American tribes, to the establishment of anthropology as a science, represented in university departments, that sought to describe the ethnographic present of isolated primitive peoples, often in distant parts of the world. By the beginning of the 1950s, cultural anthropology discovered the peasant. Robert Redfield, himself a leading figure in this paradigm shift, challenged anthropology's focus on a static model of the isolated primitive community, pointing out the dynamic nature of the little communities he studied in Mesoamerica. These were not isolated communities, but rather local, traditional cultures located well within the sphere of a complex urban culture. In order to distinguish the great tradition deriving from urban centers from the little tradition of a more primitive culture, Redfield believed anthropology needed to refer to other disciplines, such as theology, philosophy, economics, and sociology. In other words, anthropology had to develop from the collection of material artifacts to a concern with the immaterial realm of values and ideas. This volume tells the story of a remarkable chapter in Redfield's pioneering efforts on what was then an anthropological frontier. The present volume covers the years from 1952 to 1958, the last of Redfield's life. It focuses solely on his study of peasant communities, lacking in much of Redfield's previously published work. At the core of the book is his correspondence with the philosopher-humanist F. G. Friedmann, which played an important role in Redfield's conceptualization of the complex urban-rural continuum that characterizes the peasant's world. The volume also includes an autobiographical introduction by Friedmann that illuminates both his own writings and the humanistic background that motivated his study of peasantry.
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ISBN 9780765803337
Released NZ 15 Aug 2006
Publisher Taylor & Francis Inc
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780765803337
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Status Indent title (sourced internationally), Allow 8-12 weeks due to Covid 19 freight delays
Publisher Taylor & Francis Inc
Imprint Transaction Publishers
Released 15 Aug 2006
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Redfield, Robert
By Friedmann, F. G.
Edited by Rees, David A.
Category Non-Fiction (Child / Teen)
Number of Pages 302
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 25mm
Dewey Code 301
Weight 635g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Redfield, Robert, Peasantry, Peasants, Friedmann, Friedrich Georg
NBS Text Sociology & Anthropology: Professional
ONIX Text College/higher education