The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art

The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art

James Clifford


The concern of Culture is a severe ethnography of the West in its altering family with different societies. interpreting cultural practices akin to anthropology, shuttle writing, gathering, and museum screens of tribal paintings, Clifford exhibits authoritative bills of alternative methods of existence to be contingent fictions, now actively contested in postcolonial contexts. His critique increases questions of world importance: Who has the authority to talk for any group's identification and authenticity? What are the basic parts and limits of a tradition? How do self and "the different" conflict within the encounters of ethnography, go back and forth, and sleek interethnic family? In discussions of ethnography, surrealism, museums, and emergent tribal arts, Clifford probes the late-twentieth century difficulty of dwelling at the same time inside of, among, and after tradition.

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