Lifeworlds: essays in existential anthropology

Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson's Lifeworlds is a masterful collection of essays, the culmination of a career of exploring the relationship between anthropology and philosophy. Drawing inspiration from James, Dewey, Arendt, Husserl, Satre, and Merleau-Ponty, and from ethnographic fieldwork among the Kuranko of Sierra Leone, the Walpiri of Central Australia, and the Maori of Aotearoa (New Zealand), Jackson outlines existential anthropology grounded in the dynamics and quandaries of everyday life. He offers a pragmatic understanding of hoe people act to make their lives more viable, to bridge the gap between self and other, to grasp the elusive, and to transform abstract possibilities into embodied truths. 
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationChicago
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
Number of pages339
ISBN (Print)9780226923642, 9780226923659
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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