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Mimesis and Alterity : A Particular History of the Senses - by Michael Taussig (Hardcover)

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In this ambitious and accomplished work, Taussig explores the complex and interwoven concepts of mimesis, the practice of imitation, and alterity, the opposition of Self and Other. The book moves from the nineteenth-century invention of mimetically capacious machines, such as the camera, to the fable of colonial ‘first contact’ and the alleged mimetic power of ‘primitives’. Twenty years after the original publication, Taussig revisits the work in a new preface which contextualises the impact of Mimesis and Alterity. Drawing on the ideas of Benjamin, Adorno and Horckheimer and ethnographic accounts of the Cuna, Taussig demonstrates how the history of mimesis is deeply tied to colonialism and the idea of alterity has become increasingly unstable. Vigorous and unorthodox, this cross-cultural discussion continues to deepen our understanding of the relationship between ethnography, racism and society.
Number of Pages: 320
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Ethnology
Series Title: Routledge Classic Texts in Anthropology
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Michael Taussig
Language: English
Street Date: June 6, 2018
TCIN: 51739732
UPC: 9781138282759
Item Number (DPCI): 248-30-6642

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