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  • ISBN: 9780226472638
  • ISBN10: 0226472639

Exotics at Home Anthropologies, Others, American Modernity

by Micaela Di Leonardo

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 05/01/1998
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What is the exotic, after all? In this pathbreaking study, Micaela di Leonardo reveals the face of power beneath the mask of cultural difference. Focusing on the intimate and shifting relations between popular portrayals of exotic Others and the practice of anthropology, that profession assumed to be America's Guardian of the Offbeat, she casts new light on gender, race, and the public sphere in America's past and present.

Chicago's 1893 Columbian World Exposition and today's college-town ethnic boutiques frame di Leonardo's century-long analysis. She documents the ways in which constructions of Others, whether voiced by anthropologists or merely attributed to them, have long been central to visions of modernity, of proper American lives and politics. Her unsparing critical eye finds the political and economic relations of inequality hidden in plain sight in our cultural discourse -- in Body Shop advertisements, Gary Larson cartoons, and Margaret Mead's career, in the representation of Dusky Maidens in serious ethnography and New Age narratives, in the New Right's attack on cultural relativism and journalists' and scholars' accounts of American inner-city Hearts of Darkness and "tribal" wars in Africa and Europe.

Athropology stands at the crossroads of the foreign and the domestic Other, and di Leonardo's work illuminates that intersection for the first time, bringing exotics home with a vengeance.

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