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Anthropology through the Looking-Glass
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  • Page extent: 276 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.435 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521389082 | ISBN-10: 0521389089)

  • There was also a Hardback of this title but it is no longer available | Adobe eBook
  • Published August 1989

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$29.99 (G)

Using Greek ethnography as a mirror for an ethnography of anthropology itself, this book reveals the ways in which the discipline of anthropology is ensnared in the same political and social symbolism as its object of study. The author pushes the comparative goals of anthropology beyond the traditional separation of tribal object from detached scientific observer, and offers the discipline a critical source of reflexive insight based on empirical ethnography rather than on ideological speculation alone.


1. Romanticism and Hellenism: burdens of otherness; 2. A secular cosmology; 3. Aboriginal Europeans; 4. Difference as identity; 5. The double-headed eagle: self-knowledge and self-display; 6. Strict definitions and bad habits; 7. The practice of relativity; 8. Etymologies of a discipline.

Prize Winner

the 1994 J.I. Staley Prize of the School of American Research


"Anthropology Through the Looking Glass provides some telling insights into why European ethnography has been marginalized and why it will probably remain in the margins of the discipline in the future. It further presents a provocative critique of anthropology in general. Few who read it will be unmoved and it is bound to be controversial, given its broad scope and provocative tone." Peter S. Allen, Society for the Anthropology of Europe

"...a book which may be one of those few which change a landscape." Anthropology Today

"This significant addition to the literature on the Mediterranean and reflexive anthropology raises the standards for both fields." Choice

"...has moved scholarship decisively forward and set new standards for Europeanist anthropology." Journal of Modern Greek Studies

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