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Person, Space and Memory in the Contemporary Pacific

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Selfhood and Recognition

Melanesian and Western Accounts of Relationality

Anita Galuschek

236 pages, 10 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-649-2 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (November 2017)

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“This is a highly original and ambitious book. [The author’s] discussion as a whole is enormously stimulating, and it represents perhaps the most sustained attempt to develop philosophical positions in dialogue with ethnographic data since the 1960s and 1970s.” · Joel Robbins, Trinity College, Cambridge


The disciplines of philosophy and cultural anthropology have one thing in common: human behavior. Yet surprisingly, dialogue between the two fields has remained largely silent until now. Selfhood and Recognition combines philosophical and cultural anthropological accounts of the perception of individual action, exploring the processes through which a person recognizes the self and the other. Touching on humanity as porous, fractal, dividual, and relational, the author sheds new light on the nature of selfhood, recognition, relationality, and human life.

Anita C. Galuschek is visiting scholar and lecturer at Heidelberg University and works at the PLACE project of the Heidelberg School of Education where she combines approaches from cultural anthropology, philosophy and pedagogy. Her publications focus various articles around selfhood, recognition, life-world and prejudices.

Subject: General Anthropology General Cultural Studies Theory & Methodology in Anthropology
Area: Asia-Pacific