Anthropological Futures (Experimental Futures) by Michael M. J. Fischer

By Michael M. J. Fischer

In Anthropological Futures, Michael M. J. Fischer explores the makes use of of anthropology as a method of philosophical inquiry, an evolving educational self-discipline, and a method for explicating the advanced and moving interweaving of human bonds and social interactions on a world point. via associated essays, that are either speculative and experimental, Fischer seeks to damage new floor for anthropology through illuminating the field’s vast analytical ability and its attentiveness to emergent cultural systems.

Fischer is especially keen on cultural anthropology’s interactions with technological know-how stories, and through the ebook he investigates how rising wisdom formations in molecular biology, environmental reviews, laptop technological know-how, and bioengineering are reworking a few of anthropology’s key strategies together with nature, tradition, personhood, and the physique. In an essay on tradition, he makes use of the technology reports paradigm of “experimental structures” to contemplate how the social medical idea of tradition has developed as an analytical instrument because the 19th century. Charting anthropology’s function in figuring out and examining the construction of data in the sciences because the Nineteen Nineties, he highlights anthropology’s flair for tracing the transnational collaborations and multisited networks that represent modern medical perform. Fischer investigates altering rules approximately cultural inscription at the human physique in a global the place genetic engineering, robotics, and cybernetics are continually redefining our knowing of biology. within the ultimate essay, Fischer turns to Kant’s philosophical anthropology to think again the thing of analysis for modern anthropology and to reassert the field’s primacy for answering the biggest questions on humans, societies, tradition, and our interactions with the area round us. In Anthropological Futures, Fischer maintains to strengthen what Clifford Geertz, in reviewing Fischer’s prior e-book Emergent kinds of existence and the Anthropological Voice, referred to as “a vast new time table for cultural description and political critique.”

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