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Reversed Gaze: An African Ethnography of American Anthropology Paperback – November 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0252077692 ISBN-10: 0252077695 Edition: 1st Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252077695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252077692
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,444,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An intriguing book. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice
"Ntarangwi fills a huge gap in the burgeoning reflexive literature in anthropology, which has been predominately produced by Westerners. Eminently accessible and engaging, this book demonstrates that critique need not be a destructive exercise."--Faye V. Harrison, author of Outsider Within: Reworking Anthropology in the Global Age

"By overtly coupling methodology, practice, reflexivity, and theory, Ntarangwi emphasizes the discipline's tenets of holistic, long-term community engagement ideally suited to provide cultural competency, which goes a long way in demonstrating professional relevancy."--African Studies Quarterly

"A novel ethnography of the contemporary United States, a critical call for new anthropology, and a much-needed critique of the anthropology field. Showing flashes of humor, regular reflexivity, and approachability, this book engages practicing anthropologists as well as aspiring professionals."--C. Richard King, author of Sport in the Pacific: Colonial and Postcolonial Consequences

 "A timely and welcome piece."--Anthropology Review Database

About the Author

Mwenda Ntarangwi is an associate professor of anthropology and the author of East African Hip Hop: Youth Culture and Globalization and Gender Identity and Performance.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on February 13, 2014
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The world of anthropology is full of white phd's studying "brown" people. This is an insightful gaze at what it's like when the opposite happens and it puts many traditional ethnographies in perspective. I recommend this book to anyone studying cultural anthropology who doesn't want to just accept what their professor has taught them at face value. It challenges the thinking of the cultural anthropologist and brings "studying up" into light.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BreadWitch on February 20, 2014
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This is a badly written attempt to start drama and to attack fellow students and colleagues. Pettiness and jealousy are never the foundation upon which to build solid academic inquiry. Mr. Ntarangwi put it back in your pants no one is impressed. Save your money, mediocrity should never be encouraged.
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More About the Author

Mwenda Ntarangwi is a cultural anthropologist with an interest in symbolic and interpretive anthropology. He earned his BEd in language education and MA in Swahili Studies from Kenyatta University, Kenya and MA and PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Mwenda's research is on popular cultural expressions, the practice and history of anthropology, and inter-cultural engagement. He is the author of, among other works, Reversed Gaze: an African Ethnography of American Anthropology (Illinois, 2010), East African Hip Hop: Youth Culture and Globalization (Illinois, 2009), Gender Identity and Performance: Understanding Swahili Cultural Realities Through Song (Africa World Press, 2003), editor of Jesus and Ubuntu: Exploring the Social Impact of Christianity in Africa (Africa World Press, 2011), and co-editor of African Anthropologies: History, Critique and Practice (Zed, 2006).
Mwenda has carried out research in the US, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Uganda and has traveled to Belgium, Botswana, Cameroon, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, England, Ethiopia, India, Mozambique, Norway, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Southern Sudan, and Zambia.

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