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The Accompaniment: Assembling the Contemporary

Paul Rabinow

Abstract

In this culmination of his search for anthropological concepts and practices appropriate to the twenty-first century, the author contends that to make sense of the contemporary, anthropologists must invent new forms of inquiry. He begins with an extended rumination on what he gained from two of his formative mentors: Michel Foucault and Clifford Geertz. Reflecting on their lives as teachers and thinkers, as well as human beings, the author poses questions about their critical limitations, unfulfilled hopes, and the lessons he learned from and with them. This spirit of collaboration animates th ... More

Keywords: anthropological concepts, Michel Foucault, Clifford Geertz, intensive experiments, collaborative research, synthetic biology, teaching practice, websites, natural sciences, ethically grounded anthropology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226701691
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226701714.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Rabinow, author