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Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology

Contaminations and Ethnographic Fictions

Southern Crossings

Authors: Hemer, Oscar

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  • A profound literary examination of the anthropology of identity
  • Probes various kinds of boundaries in a kaleidoscopic text, examining intersections of identity both cultural/collective and personal/subjective
  • A complex examination of question of race, racialization, and creolization in South Africa and the world at large 
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In an unusual merging of academic and literary practices, this volume attempts to identify a form (or forms) that is congenial with the subject of interrogation: the world in transition, with South Africa as the main focal point. Approaching anthropology from the position of the literary writer, Oscar Hemer here takes the reader through a kaleidoscope of  perspectives—a stream-of-consciousness understanding of “writing the city” of Johannesburg, embedding ethnography in subjectivity; a challenge to binaries both temporal and gendered in examining the growth of the IT metropolis Bangalore to a combusting mega-city; an auto-ethnographic interweaving of fictional reportage with a close-reading of anthropological and philosophical treatises, including Mary Douglas’s Purity and Danger and Edouard Glissant’s Poetics of Relation, among others—to interrogate themes of transition, identity, purity and variation in the Western Cape. As the form transcends boundaries to create a methodological hybrid, creolization comes to the fore as a theoretical concept and as cultural practice.

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Oscar Hemer is Professor of Journalistic and Literary Creation at Malmö University, Sweden. He is the author of several novels, including Misiones (2014), which concludes his Argentina trilogy begun with Cosmos Aska (2000) and Santiago (2007). His academic work includes the co-edited anthology Memory on Trial and the co-edited collection Conviviality at the Crossroads

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contaminations and Ethnographic Fictions
Book Subtitle
Southern Crossings
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-34925-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-34925-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-34924-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 220
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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