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Oblivion

Oblivion

Author: Marc Auge Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2004

In what he characterizes as a small treatise on time, Aug (L' cole des Hautes tudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris) argues that oblivion is necessary both to society and to the individual, because people must know how to forget in order to taste the full flavor of the present, of the moment, and of the expectation. They must also, he says, forget the

Oblivion

Oblivion

Author: Marc Auge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2004

In what he characterizes as a small treatise on time, Aug (L' cole des Hautes tudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris) argues that oblivion is necessary both to society and to the individual, because people must know how to forget in order to taste the full flavor of the present, of the moment, and of the expectation. They must also, he says, forget the

El tiempo en ruinas

El tiempo en ruinas

Author: Marc Auge Format: eBook Release Date: 31/01/2003

Las formas actuales de la arquitectura y el urbanismo muestran las arbitrariedades que siempre han marcado la historia humana. Los rascacielos, los centros administrativos, las areas comerciales y las autopistas elevadas sobresalen con su esplendor entre barrios de miseria y subproductos de la urbanizacion salvaje. Se producen as diversos estratos de formas de vida y de usos de los espacios que son comparables con los estratos de escombros y monumentos del pasado. Qu nos dicen sobre el tiempo y la historia? La contemplacin de estas ruinas, precisamente en su azaroso desorden, puede hacernos percibir un tiempo en estado puro, un tiempo que no resume ni completa la historia. El autor evoca imgenes y prcticas del mundo hipermoderno, lo mismo que de poblados indgenas, donde seala las formas de recuperar el tiempo, ya sea con la exhibicin de la memoria popular en danzas y rituales, o con la restauracin de castillos y palacios que sirven como puro espectculo. La historia futura no dejar ruinas, pero s escombros. stos tal vez se convertirn en canteras que nos darn la oportunidad de reconstruir el sentido del tiempo y, ms all de ste, la conciencia de la historia.

In The Metro

In The Metro

Author: Marc Auge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2002

Tourists climb the Eiffel Tower to see Paris. Parisians know that to really see the city you must descend into the metro. In this revelatory book, Marc Auge takes readers below Paris in a work that is both an ethnography of the city and a personal narrative. Guiding us through history, memory, and physical space, Auge juxtaposes the romance of the metro with the reality of multiethnic urban France. His work is part autobiography, with impressions from a lifetime riding the trains; part meditation on self and memory reflected in the people and places underneath Paris; part analysis of a place where the third world and the first world meet, where remnants of cultures move and press together; and part a reflection on anthropology in an era of globalization and urban development.Although he is a pillar of French thought, In the Metro is Auge's first major critical and creative work translated into English. It shows him to be firmly rooted in a tradition of literary ethnography that reaches back to Claude Levi-Strauss and Michel de Certeau, but also engaged in current theoretical debates in literary and cultural studies. In Auge's idiosyncratic and innovative approach, the act of observing the quotidian is elevated to an art. The writer and his history become part of the field he observes, and anthropology interacts with a site -- urban life -- usually reserved for sociology and cultural studies. Throughout, Auge reveals a passion for his milieu, seeing the metro as a place rich with history and literature -- an eclectic egalitarian society.

War of Dreams

War of Dreams

Author: Marc Auge Format: eBook Release Date: 20/06/1999

'Intrepid explorer of modernity, Marc Auge invites us to take a look at one of the most unsettling aspects of our world: the invasion of reality by fiction.' Le Monde DiplomatiqueIn this elegantly argued and compelling study, French anthropologist Marc Auge continues his critical exploration of contemporary modernity with an examination of the role of dreams, myth and fiction in the age of satellite TV and the Internet - a world in which information overload threatens to colonise us all, and to destroy the very real distinctions between fact (the real) and fiction (those invented ways in which we have, over the years and in very different communities, made sense of our collective identity in the face of otherness). Drawing on ethnographic material from several continents, and in particular his work on the impact of colonialism, Auge demonstrates the symbolic working of myth as a source of creativity in traditional, colonial and modernising societies and considers the consequences of the present-day confusion over reality and image, as reality is 'fictionalised' by the onslaught of the mass media. As a result, he argues in this strikingly original and beautifully written study, we not only lose our sense of reality - but also our ability to create those fictions which have for so long sustained our collective sense of identity.

A Sense for the Other The Timeliness and Relevance of Anthropology

A Sense for the Other The Timeliness and Relevance of Anthropology

Author: Marc Auge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/1998

If the end of exoticism is one of the characteristics of our time, and if classical anthropology based its study of alterity on this exotic distance from the other, is anthropology still possible, and if so, to what end? The author uses these questions as a point of departure for a probing interrogation of ethnological practice, starting with Levi-Strauss.For several years, the author has advocated an anthropology of proximity in place of the usual anthropology of distance. He has studied such emblematic places of Western modernity as the Parisian Metro, or such emblematic non-places as airports or freeways, treating as valid anthropological objects phenomena that others might judge less pure or significant than systems of filiation or matrimonial alliance. The proper place of the ethnographer, he argues, is sufficiently distanced to comprehend a system as a system, yet participatory enough to live it as an individual. How can one best arrive at such a place?This book answers by outlining an approach to anthropology that focuses on negotiating the social meanings we and others use in making sense of the world, and on the processes of identification that create the difference between same and other. Why trace a line of demarcation between societies thought to warrant and require anthropological observation and others (namely, our own) thought to demand a different type of study? Once anthropology, through its study of rites, takes social meaning as its principal object, the necessity for a generalized anthropology that includes the entire planet seems obvious, especially in view of the rapid proliferation of new networks of communication and the integration of individuals into those networks.

A Sense for the Other The Timeliness and Relevance of Anthropology

A Sense for the Other The Timeliness and Relevance of Anthropology

Author: Marc Auge Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/1998

If the end of exoticism is one of the characteristics of our time, and if classical anthropology based its study of alterity on this exotic distance from the other, is anthropology still possible, and if so, to what end? The author uses these questions as a point of departure for a probing interrogation of ethnological practice, starting with Levi-Strauss.For several years, the author has advocated an anthropology of proximity in place of the usual anthropology of distance. He has studied such emblematic places of Western modernity as the Parisian Metro, or such emblematic non-places as airports or freeways, treating as valid anthropological objects phenomena that others might judge less pure or significant than systems of filiation or matrimonial alliance. The proper place of the ethnographer, he argues, is sufficiently distanced to comprehend a system as a system, yet participatory enough to live it as an individual. How can one best arrive at such a place?This book answers by outlining an approach to anthropology that focuses on negotiating the social meanings we and others use in making sense of the world, and on the processes of identification that create the difference between same and other. Why trace a line of demarcation between societies thought to warrant and require anthropological observation and others (namely, our own) thought to demand a different type of study? Once anthropology, through its study of rites, takes social meaning as its principal object, the necessity for a generalized anthropology that includes the entire planet seems obvious, especially in view of the rapid proliferation of new networks of communication and the integration of individuals into those networks.

The Meaning of Illness

The Meaning of Illness

Author: Marc Auge Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/11/1995

This book is based on collective research carried out during the 1980s. This edition appears ten years after the original publication in French. Since then we have experienced many changes. In the late decade, disciplines have changed, as have the societies being researched. The outbreak of AIDS in Africa and the industrial world is not the least of these major and influential changes. The reader today will be sensitive to these changes and this research maintains its value as an intellectual endeavour and a useful model.

The Meaning of Illness

The Meaning of Illness

Author: Marc Auge, Claudine Herzlich Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/1988

First Published in 1988. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Le Sens Du Mal

Le Sens Du Mal

Author: Marc Auge, Claudine Herzlich Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1984

This study, based on Chinese publications and archival materials as well as on recent fieldwork, provides an up-to-date treatment of Kazak history and culture, emphasizing the Kazaks in 20th-century China and, in particular, their status today as one of China's minority nationalities.

The Anthropological Circle Symbol, Function, History

The Anthropological Circle Symbol, Function, History

Author: Marc Auge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/1982

Anthropology is both outside of history and within it. Histories of anthropology tend to summarise particular authors' intellectual differences; but, as Marc Auge argues in this book, first published in English in 1982, these differences may in fact be intrinsically derived from intellectual divisions within anthropology as obvious as they are irreconcilable. Auge identifies, in contemporary debates in French anthropology, the paths that perhaps allow us to transcend these oppositions. On doing so, he explores and clarifies the relationship that anthropology enjoys with history, on the intellectual plane, and with politics, on the historical plane. His argument is stimulating and challenging, and will interest all social anthropologists and sociologists concerned with the theoretical foundations of their disciplines, as well as demonstrating to historians and political scientists what anthropology has to offer them.