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Common Worlds and Single Lives: Constituting Knowledge in Pacific Societies (review)

Common Worlds and Single Lives: Constituting Knowledge in Pacific Societies (review) Common Worlds and Single Lives: Constituting Knowledge in Pacific Societies, edited by Verena Keck. Explorations in Anthropology. Oxford and New York: Berg, 1998. isbn cloth, 1-85973-164-3; paper, 1-85973-169-4; vi + 417 pages, notes, bibliographies, index. Cloth, us$57.50; paper, us$22.50. Distributed in North America by New York University Press. This edited volume is a thoughtprovoking collection that touches on several fundamental long-term concerns of the discipline of social anthropology. It comprises sixteen chapters by individual contributors the contemporary pacific · spring 2000 Indeed, this is the fundamental issue of much of the discipline of social anthropology and sociology. Keck states that the consideration of the problem at the end of the century must be done in the context of questioning the basic utility of time-honored concepts such as culture, the individual, and knowledge (16). But it is culture that receives the most attention and seems to lie at the base of the entire inquiry, and not only because of its ubiquitous appropriation outside the discipline, as noted by several writers. Keck summarizes the difficulties with the concept as understood in the present. Although it is still possible to accept that culture is learned, acquired in the experience of everyday http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Common Worlds and Single Lives: Constituting Knowledge in Pacific Societies (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 12 (1) – Feb 1, 2000

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Common Worlds and Single Lives: Constituting Knowledge in Pacific Societies, edited by Verena Keck. Explorations in Anthropology. Oxford and New York: Berg, 1998. isbn cloth, 1-85973-164-3; paper, 1-85973-169-4; vi + 417 pages, notes, bibliographies, index. Cloth, us$57.50; paper, us$22.50. Distributed in North America by New York University Press. This edited volume is a thoughtprovoking collection that touches on several fundamental long-term concerns of the discipline of social anthropology. It comprises sixteen chapters by individual contributors the contemporary pacific · spring 2000 Indeed, this is the fundamental issue of much of the discipline of social anthropology and sociology. Keck states that the consideration of the problem at the end of the century must be done in the context of questioning the basic utility of time-honored concepts such as culture, the individual, and knowledge (16). But it is culture that receives the most attention and seems to lie at the base of the entire inquiry, and not only because of its ubiquitous appropriation outside the discipline, as noted by several writers. Keck summarizes the difficulties with the concept as understood in the present. Although it is still possible to accept that culture is learned, acquired in the experience of everyday

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