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The Cunning of Recognition: Indigenous Alterities and the Making of Australian Multiculturalism (Politics, History, and Culture) Paperback – July 19, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0822328681 ISBN-10: 0822328682

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  • Series: Politics, History, and Culture
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (July 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822328682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822328681
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An intelligent, valuable, and absorbing study. Povinelli relentlessly dissects the legal and affective bases of contemporary multicultural liberalism, while bringing the Australian case squarely into an ethics debate that has up to now been dominated by the North American experience.”—James Ferguson, coeditor of Culture, Power, Place: Explorations in Critical Anthropology


“Elizabeth Povinelli’s The Cunning of Recognition is a breakthrough work that has major implications for redefining the relations between cultural studies and anthropology. With a consistently high level of intellectual excitement and commitment, Povinelli draws together work from a variety of fields in new and provocative ways.”—Benjamin Lee, author of Talking Heads: Language, Metalanguage, and the Semiotics of Subjectivity


“The Cunning of Recognition is one of the most challenging books I have read in years, a passionate and moving account of what the practice of multiculturalism looks like on the ground. Along the way, Povinelli inventively reframes debates within anthropological theory over kinship, culture, and the state. Without platitudes or readymade postures of critique, she shows us an impasse in liberal thought that stems not from its weaknesses, but from its strongest ethical sense of obligation toward those who are different. This is dialectical thinking at its best, painfully and excitingly honest.”—Michael Warner, author of The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life

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"An intelligent, valuable, and absorbing study. Povinelli relentlessly dissects the legal and affective bases of contemporary multicultural liberalism, while bringing the Australian case squarely into an ethics debate that has up to now been dominated by the North American experience."—James Ferguson, coeditor of Culture, Power, Place: Explorations in Critical Anthropology

"Elizabeth Povinelli's The Cunning of Recognition is a breakthrough work that has major implications for redefining the relations between cultural studies and anthropology. With a consistently high level of intellectual excitement and commitment, Povinelli draws together work from a variety of fields in new and provocative ways."—Benjamin Lee, author of Talking Heads: Language, Metalanguage, and the Semiotics of Subjectivity

"The Cunning of Recognition is one of the most challenging books I have read in years, a passionate and moving account of what the practice of multiculturalism looks like on the ground. Along the way, Povinelli inventively reframes debates within anthropological theory over kinship, culture, and the state. Without platitudes or readymade postures of critique, she shows us an impasse in liberal thought that stems not from its weaknesses, but from its strongest ethical sense of obligation toward those who are different. This is dialectical thinking at its best, painfully and excitingly honest."—Michael Warner, author of The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kyle C McDowell on May 2, 2013
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the star is still rising of this brilliant anthropologist and superb writer. her academic quality is indisputable, her charm inescapable, and her wit sincere as it is sharp.
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