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  • ISBN: 9780226327396
  • ISBN10: 0226327396

Culture and Anomie Ethnographic Imagination in the 19th Century

by Christopher Herbert

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 08/01/1991
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In a series of detailed studies ranging from political economy to missionary ethnography, Mayhew, and Trollope's fiction, Herbert then focuses on the intellectual and historical circumstances that gave to 'culture' the appearance of a secure category of scientific analysis despite its apparent logical incoherence. What he describes is an intimate relationship between the idea of culture and its antithesis, the myth of fantasy of a state of boundless human desire--a conception that binds into a single tradition of thought such seemingly incompatible writers as John Wesley, who called this state original sin, and Durkheim, who gave it its technical name in sociology: anomie.
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