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by Michael Taussig

ISBN: 0804732000
ISBN13: 978-0804732000
Language: English
Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (September 1, 1999)
Pages: 326
Category: Social Sciences
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Michael Taussig is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. He is the author, most recently, of The Magic of the State.

Michael Taussig is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. This volume is vintage Taussig.

In Michael Taussig's seminal work, Shamanism, Colonialism and the Wild Man: A Study in Terror and Healing, he leads us down a path that examines the . Defacement: Public Secrecy and the Labor of the Negative, 1999, ISBN 978-0-8047-3200-0

In Michael Taussig's seminal work, Shamanism, Colonialism and the Wild Man: A Study in Terror and Healing, he leads us down a path that examines the project of Colonialism as it was carried out in South America. He first creates a space of an all-too-real and present terror followed by a process of healing that we as readers are ourselves supposed to follow. Defacement: Public Secrecy and the Labor of the Negative, 1999, ISBN 978-0-8047-3200-0. Law in a Lawless Land: Diary of a Limpieza in Colombia, 2003

Defacement: Public Secrecy and the Labor of the Negative. Taussig’s book Defacement (1999) is a wide-angle examination of the concept of the negative, undertaken through an elaboration of the notion of the public secret.

Defacement: Public Secrecy and the Labor of the Negative. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1999. Inspired by Elias Canetti’s (1962, 290) dictum that secrecy lies at the very core of power, Taussig understands the public secret to be the basis of society, social formations, and their attendant knowledges.

Defacement asks what happens when something precious is despoiled  . Michael Taussig's work is some of the most impressive cultural analysis there is. I really like the notion of the 'public secret', not as a secret we all know but as the vital social knowledge of knowing what not to know. It begins with the notion that such activity is attractive in its very repulsion, and that it creates something sacred even in the most secular of societies and circumstances. In specifying the human face as the ideal type for thinking through such violation, this book raises the issue of secrecy as the depth that seems to surface with the tearing of surface.

Similar books and articles. National Security Secrecy: How the Limits Change. Logics of Political Secrecy. Is There Epistemic Justification for Secrecy in Science? Jeroen de Ridder - 2013 - Episteme 10 (2):101-116. E. Horn - 2011 - Theory, Culture and Society 28 (7-8):103-122. Public Knowledge and Common Secrets. Secrecy and its Limits in the Early-Modern Netherlands.

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Michael Taussig: This book concerns spirit-possession on the mountain of Maria Lionza in central Venezuela in the .

Michael Taussig: This book concerns spirit-possession on the mountain of Maria Lionza in central Venezuela in the 1980s and 1990s, where pilgrims in large numbers become possessed by the spirits of the dead under the rule of an imaginary spirit queen, Maria Lionza. Michael Taussig is the author of numerous books, including Shamanism, Colonialism and the Wild Man: A Study in Terror and Healing (University of Chicago Press, 1987), The Nervous System (Routledge, 1992), Mimesis and Alterity: A Particular History of the Senses (Routledge, 1993), Defacement: Public Secrecy and the Labor of the Negative (Stanford University Press, 1999)

Defacement: public secrecy and the labor of th. 57: Take Elias Canettis fearsome dictum in his book Crowds and Power that secrecy lies at the very core of power, no less than Michel Foucaults statement in his History of Sexuality that secrecy.

Defacement: public secrecy and the labor of the. negative. Stanford: Stanford University Press. For example, the public secret. 57: Take Elias Canettis fearsome dictum in his book Crowds and Power that secrecy lies at the very core of power, no less than Michel Foucaults statement in his History of Sexuality that secrecy is not in the nature of an abuse of power, but is indispensable to its operation. 61: As long as the law is upheld to all appearances, he writes, the power of the state is inviolate and the authorities satisfied.

Defacement asks what happens when something precious is despoiled. It begins with the notion that such activity is attractive in its very repulsion, and that it creates something sacred even in the most secular of societies and circumstances. In specifying the human face as the ideal type for thinking through such violation, this book raises the issue of secrecy as the depth that seems to surface with the tearing of surface. This surfacing is made all the more subtle and ingenious, not to mention everyday, by the deliberately partial exposures involved in "the public secret"―defined as what is generally known but, for one reason or another, cannot easily be articulated. Arguing that this sort of knowledge ("knowing what not to know") is the most powerful form of social knowledge, Taussig works with ideas and motifs from Nietzsche, William Burroughs, Elias Canetti, Georges Bataille, and the ethnography of unmasking in so-called primitive societies in order to extend his earlier work on mimesis and transgression. Underlying his concern with defacement and the public secret is the search for a mode of truth telling that unmasks, but only to reenchant, thereby underlining Walter Benjamin's notion that "truth is not a matter of exposure of the secret, but a revelation that does justice to it."
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