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It is common in anthropology now to speak of imaginaries instead of cultural beliefs . This article examines the way Cornelius Castoriadis, Jacques Lacan, Benedict Anderson, and Charles Taylor analyzed this concept. For Castoriadis, the imaginary is a culture's ethos, for Lacan, it is a fantasy,...
Many contemporary arguments about agency rely on implicit psychologies or conceptions of human mental functioning even as they attempt to direct attention away from the idea of a freely acting, completely autonomous individual. This article argues that even when the concept of agency is...
It is common practice in anthropology to use terms with implicit psychological content (such as embodiment). This is consistent with contemporary developments in anthropological theory and practice that lead to a focus on individuals' voices and practices. Nevertheless, many cultural...
Since the late 1970s and early 1980s the concept of resistance has become ubiquitous within contemporary cultural anthropology. Theorizing resistance, however, has been problematic from the start and, as I shall argue, a significant part of the problem resides in the anti-psychological position...
Anthropologists use the word ‘subjectivity’ loosely, often to refer to the emotional life of the political subject. In this article I argue that a psychological model of emotion helps us to create a clearer anthropological theory of subjectivity, and in the process helps us to make sense of...
This article advocates an extensive definition of self as the totality of what an organism is physically, biologically, psychologically, socially, and culturally. This definition departs from the narrower definition of self as self-representation – as culturally shaped constructs of the self...
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