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Surrender to the market : thoughts on anthropology, the body shop, and intellectuals

Bastin, Rohan 2003, Surrender to the market : thoughts on anthropology, the body shop, and intellectuals, The Australian journal of anthropology, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 19-38.

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Title Surrender to the market : thoughts on anthropology, the body shop, and intellectuals
Author(s) Bastin, Rohan
Journal name The Australian journal of anthropology
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Start page 19
End page 38
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2003-04
ISSN 1035-8811
Summary The direction of anthropology over the last century is tied to the shifts from colonialism to postcolonialism and from modernism to postmodernism. These shifts have seen the thoroughgoing incorporation of the world population into the economic, political and juridical domain established through the last throes of colonialism and the transmutations of capitalism and the State. Anthropology, a discipline whose history shows close and regular links with colonial government, also transforms in association with the world it describes and partly creates. Two dominant trends in contemporary anthropology--applied consultancy and historicist self-reflexivity--are compared for the ways they represent the transmutation, which is characterised, following Fredric Jameson as 'the surrender to the market'. In this way it is asserted that just as the discipline had hitherto revealed its links to colonialism, it now reveals its links to globalisation through a form of commodified self-obsession. To illustrate this quality the paper considers the global chain of cosmetics stores, The Body Shop, as an example of 'late capitalism' and the moral juridical framework of globalisation. Finally, it treats these developments in anthropology as more generally affecting intellectuals and knowledge production through the promotion of intellectual 'silence'.
Language eng
Field of Research 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, EBSCO Publishing
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