Re: History - on the ground?

Matthew S. Tomaso (Tomaso@MAIL.UTEXAS.EDU)
Tue, 29 Aug 1995 11:46:11 -0500

The present topic is quite near and dear to my research interests, so I will
refrain from extensive comment. One spark could set off many flames...
Instead, I'd like to present a short list of some relevent texts from which
we might be able to argue this out from more 'grounded' or data-oriented
positions. The bibliography barely skims the surface of historical
anthropology and related approaches, as I'm sure you all know. Most of you,
presumably, will be able to see more-or-less where I stand on this issue by
looking at the references I've selected. Comments certainly welcome.

BTW, I will be sending a brief review of the Commarroffs' book to anthro-l
and histarch in September.

Greenblatt, Stephen, 1991. _Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New
World_. U. Chicago Press.

Anderson, Benedict, 1983. _Imagined Communities_ New York: Verso.

Taussig, Michael, 1987. _Shamanism, Colonialism, and the Wild Man: A
Study in Terror and Healing_. Chicago: U. of Chicago Press.

Nabokov, Peter, ED. 1991. _Native American Testimony: A Chronicle of
Indian-White Relations from Prophecy to the Present, 1492-1992_. New York:

Rogers, J. Daniel and Samuel M. Wilson, EDs. 1993. _Ethnohistory and
Archaeology: Approaches to Postcontact Change in the Americas_. NEw York:

Hobsbaum, Eric and Terence Ranger, EDs. 1983. _The Invention of
Tradition_. New York: Cambridge U. Press.

Todorov, Tzvetan. 1982. _The Conquest of America: The Question of the
Other_. New York: Harper

Dirks, Nicholas B. 1993. _The Hollow Crown: Ethnohistory of an Indian
Kingdom_ . 2nd Edition. Ann Arbor: U. Michigan Press.

Johnson, Richard, Gregor McLennan, Bill Schwarz and David Sutton, EDs.
1982. _Making Histories: Studies in History Writing and Politics_
Minneapolis: U. Minnesota Press.

Dirks, Nicholas B., Geoff Eley and Sherry B. Ortner, EDs.
_Culture/Power/History: A Reader in Contemporary Social Theory_.
Princeton: Princeton U. Press.

Fox, Richard G. ED, 1990. _Nationalist Ideologies and the Production of
National Cultures_. Washinton, DC: American Anthropological Association.

Sahlins, Marshall. 1985. _Islands of History_. Chicago: University of
Chicago Press.

Fabian, Johannes. 1983. _Time and the Other: How Anthropology Makes its
Object_. New York: Columbia U. Press.

Dirks, Nicholas B, ED. 1992. _Colonialism and Culture_ . Ann Arbor: U.
Michigan Press.

Commarroff, John and Jean Commarroff. 1992. _Ethnography and the
Historical Imagination_. Boulder: Westview Press.

Matt Tomaso.
Anthropology. University of Texas at Austin.
Phone/Fax 512-453-6256