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Michael Jackson’s Lifeworlds is a masterful collection of essays, the . Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Michael Jackson’s Lifeworlds is a masterful collection of essays, the culmination of a career aimed at understanding the relationship between anthropology and philosophy.

Michael Jackson is an extremely productive ethnographer, a serious reader of phenomenological and existential philosophy, and a remarkable writer at a level that one rarely sees in anthropology. Lifeworlds, unsurprisingly, is no exception. The several essays included here fit into an impressive whole that set out a compelling case for a type of ethnography of which Jackson is one of the masters. The writing is strong and the critical reflections impressive. This book defines an approach to anthropology that is resonant enough to challenge the leading models of our time

Lifeworlds: essays in existential anthropology Michael Jackson London . Such is life and such is Lifeworlds: essays in existential anthropology.

Lifeworlds: essays in existential anthropology Michael Jackson London, University of Chicago Press, 2013, 337pp. The book is, as the back cover tells us, ‘a masterful collection of essays, the culmination of a career of exploring the relationship between anthropology and philosophy’. In twelve chapters, including a generous introduction and epilogue, the book covers a wide range of topics, including divination, anarchy, migration, the perils of war and ordinary human suffering, autonomy, the body and technology.

Michael Jackson’s Lifeworlds is a masterful collection of essays, the culmination of a career aimed at. . Seeking the truths that are found in the interstices between examiner and examined, world and word, and body and mind, and taking inspiration from James, Dewey, Arendt, Husserl, Sartre, Camus, and, especially, Merleau-Ponty, Jackson creates in these chapters a distinctive anthropological pursuit of existential inquiry.

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Michael D. Jackson (born 1940) is a New Zealand poet and anthropologist who has taught in anthropology departments at Massey University, the Australian National University, Indiana University Bloomington. Jackson (born 1940) is a New Zealand poet and anthropologist who has taught in anthropology departments at Massey University, the Australian National University, Indiana University Bloomington, and the University of Copenhagen. He is currently distinguished professor of world religions at Harvard Divinity School.

Jackson is the founder of existential anthropology, a non-traditional sub-field of anthropology using ethnographic .

Jackson is the founder of existential anthropology, a non-traditional sub-field of anthropology using ethnographic methods and drawing on continental traditions of phenomenology, existentialism, and critical theory, as well as American pragmatism, in exploring the human condition from the perspectives of both lifeworlds and worldviews, histories and biographies, collective representations and individual realities.

Michael Jackson's Lifeworlds is a masterful collection of essays, the culmination of a career aimed at.

Michael Jackson's Lifeworlds is a masterful collection of essays, the culmination of a career aimed at understanding the relationship between anthropology and philosophy. Traveling from the Kuranko in Sierra Leone to the Maori in New Zealand to the Warlpiri in Australia, Jackson argues that anthropological subjects continually negotiate imaginatively, practically, and politically-their relations with the forces surrounding them and the resources they find in themselves or in solidarity with significant others. At the same time that they mirror facets of the larger world, they also help shape it.

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Michael Jackson’s Lifeworlds is a masterful collection of essays, the culmination of a career aimed at understanding the relationship between anthropology and philosophy. Seeking the truths that are found in the interstices between examiner and examined, world and word, and body and mind, and taking inspiration from James, Dewey, Arendt, Husserl, Sartre, Camus, and, especially, Merleau-Ponty, Jackson creates in these chapters a distinctive anthropological pursuit of existential inquiry. More important, he buttresses this philosophical approach with committed empirical research. Traveling from the Kuranko in Sierra Leone to the Maori in New Zealand to the Warlpiri in Australia, Jackson argues that anthropological subjects continually negotiate—imaginatively, practically, and politically—their relations with the forces surrounding them and the resources they find in themselves or in solidarity with significant others. At the same time that they mirror facets of the larger world, they also help shape it. Stitching the themes, peoples, and locales of these essays into a sustained argument for a philosophical anthropology that focuses on the places between, Jackson offers a pragmatic understanding of how people act to make their lives more viable, to grasp the elusive, to counteract external powers, and to turn abstract possibilities into embodied truths.
Zolorn
I am working my way through chapter one by going to Starbucks with my Kindle and notebook writing down words and concepts that are unfamiliar to me. I'm giving this book five stars because the amount of thinking I have had to do and the fact that I am unashamedly confessing to ignorance and wish to expand my understanding of the way that Mr. Jackson views anthropology is worth all the stars. My academic exposure to anthropology was as an undergrad at UCLA and my professor had us read Marvin Harris, Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, etc. In addition I read anthropological journalson my own and am fascinated by the lives of people that I see as distinctly different than me. I understand that nowdays one doesn't need to live among indigenous groups and that any group of people who identify themselves as part of a non traditional society (whatever that means to you) and share similar views and lifestyles can be observed and written about.

Mr. Jackson draws on philosophical concepts, compares them one to the other, questions what it means for any of us who carry our own secret society of self and probes into how we manage to live in our own self world and still be part of a specifice culture, or as he calls it,"lifeworlds," a term borrowed from the philosopher Habermas. I am taking it as a personal challenge to read and understand Mr. Jackson's ideas. And I'm only on Chapter one! Will appreciate any comments, as I'm sure my own are half-baked.
Stanober
This particular book covers a wide range of topics: embodiment, violence, technology, and many others. It gives a better sense of Jackson's commitments as a scholar than do his monographs from the last several years which tend more toward creative non-fiction. As always, however, Jackson is committed to the idea that ethnographic writing is better suited for awakening existential echoes than it is for advancing academic theories.
Lifeworlds: Essays in Existential Anthropology ebook
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