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Crapanzano, Vincent 1939-

Works: 86 works in 269 publications in 7 languages and 7,689 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Autobiographies  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author, Thesis advisor, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: DT764.W47, 305.8034068
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Most widely held works about Vincent Crapanzano
Most widely held works by Vincent Crapanzano
Imaginative horizons : an essay in literary-philosophical anthropology by Vincent Crapanzano( )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Waiting : the Whites of South Africa by Vincent Crapanzano( Book )

23 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 1,373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the effects of domination on the everyday lives of those who dominate--human beings who, privileged by power, paradoxically are victims of it too. For the whites of South Africa, the present is always secondary to the future, without vitality, creative force, a rehearsal for the day of reckoning
The fifth world of Forster Bennett; portrait of a Navaho by Vincent Crapanzano( Book )

12 editions published between 1972 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is told that the ancestors of the Navajos journeyed through four worlds to reach the fifth, or present, one. The pressing complexities and underlying wonder of their fifth world of modern reservation life are portrayed in this classic ethnographic account by Vincent Crapanzano." "As a young, inexperienced anthropologist, Crapanzano spent a summer with a Navajo man he calls Forster Bennett. In his fifties, Bennett was raised during the early reservation years, fought in the South Pacific in the Second World War, and, like many, carried a deep but not always openly expressed resentment toward whites. Crapanzano's honest and gritty account of his time with Bennett and Bennett's community reveals a stark portrait of the "flat, slow quality of reservation life," where boredom and poverty coexist with age-old sacred rituals and the varying ways that Navajos react and adjust to changes in their culture."--Jacket
Tuhami, portrait of a Moroccan by Vincent Crapanzano( Book )

36 editions published between 1980 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tuhami is an illiterate Moroccan tilemaker who believes himself married to a camel-footed she-demon. A master of magic and a superb story-teller, Tuhami lives in a dank, windowless hovel near the kiln where he works. Nightly he suffers visitations from the demons and saints who haunt his life, and he seeks, with crippling ambivalence, liberation from 'A'isha Qandisha, the she-demon. In a sensitive and bold experiment in interpretive ethnography, Crapanzano presents Tuhami's bizarre account of himself and his world. In so doing, Crapanzano draws on phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and symbolism to reflect upon the nature of reality and truth and to probe the limits of anthropology itself. Tuhami has become one of the most important and widely cited representatives of a new understanding of the whole discipline of anthropology. -- Back cover
Serving the word : literalism in America from the pulpit to the bench by Vincent Crapanzano( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Serving the Word is an exciting and unprecedented look at literalism as a modern belief system, and analyzes its place in two seemingly contrasting fields; Christianity and law. In a work that moves from welathy Angelenos embracing starkly literal readings of the bible to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia insisting on the narrowest interpretation of legal texts. Makes a persuasive claim that the attraction to literal certainty that we associate with fringe fanaticism is in fact deeply embedded in American culture". -- Jacket
The Ḥamadsha: a study in Moroccan ethnopsychiatry by Vincent Crapanzano( Book )

24 editions published between 1973 and 1981 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vincent Crapanzano's excellent study of the Hamadsha, a group of curers in Morocco who have taken the form of a Sufi brotherhood, is particularly significant because it combines and interweaves the psychological, the cultural, and the sociological levels of explanation. It is perhaps inevitable that such a rich and suggestive book should raise more questions than it answers: the new dimensions it opens up, however, may well make it a seminal study in our understanding of North African religious behavior. The Hamadsha have the formal structure of two parallel Sufi brotherhoods whose founders are linked saints, Sidi 'Ali ben Hamdush and his servant or pupil, Sidi Ahmed Dghughi. If legends can be trusted, these saints lived around 1700; there is no direct historical confirmation. Each of these saints has left a body of 'descendents' centered in two neighboring villages on the Jebel Zerhoun near Meknes. The structure of the orders includes the 'children' of the saints, each group with its leader or mizwar who is also the head of the order, the devotees clustered around shrines in the cities, the team of curers in the shantytowns, and those who in one way or another have established a personal relationship with the saints or with thejnun they control. The Hamadsha have a special relationship with 'Aisha Quadisha, a powerful jinniyya of West African origin, whose role in the cosmology of the order is virtually on a level with that of the saints. Crapanzano describes these various groups and the social, political, and financial relationships among them. – From (Sep. 9, 2016)
Case studies in spirit possession by Vincent Crapanzano( Book )

15 editions published between 1976 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hermes' dilemma and Hamlet's desire : on the epistemology of interpretation by Vincent Crapanzano( Book )

13 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and Spanish and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vincent Crapanzano here focuses his critical powers upon the interpretive and dialogic strategies of his own culture. In essays that question how the human sciences, particularly anthropology and psychoanalysis, articulate their fields of study, Crapanzano addresses the enormous problem of describing the self in both its individual and collective projections. Treating subjects as diverse as Roman carnivals and Balinese cockfights, circumcision, dreaming, and spirit possession in Morocco, transference in psychoanalysis, self-characterization in teenage girls' gossip, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and Jane Austen's "Emma", dialogue models in hermeneutics, and semantic vertigo in Hamlet's Elsinore, these essays look critically at the inner workings of interpretation in the human sciences and literary study. In modern Western culture's attempts to interpret and communicate the nature of other cultures, Crapanzano finds a crippling crisis in representation. He shows how the quest for knowledge of "exotic" and "primitve" people is often confused with an unexamined need for self-definition, and he sets forth the resulting interpretive paradoxes, particularly the suppression of any awareness of the play of power and desire in such an approach. What is missing from contemporary theories of interpretation is, in Crapanzano's account, a crucial understanding of the role context plays in any act of communication or its representation - in interpretation itself. Although he makes use of theories in hermeneutics and psychoanalysis, Crapanzano's method is ethnographic. By looking at contemporary theories as an ethnologist might view the theories of the people he studies, he aims to invert their processes, and thus to restore a sense of naturalness to our experience of self, dialogue, and cultural exchange
The Harkis : the wound that never heals by Vincent Crapanzano( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and French and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies the life in France of those Algerian Muslims who fought with the French army during the war of independence, moved to France after the war, and were placed in camps for years by the French government
The end of anthropology? by John L Comaroff( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Decolonisation, modernisation, globalisation, the crisis of representation, and the 'cultural turn' in neighbouring disciplines have unsettled anthropology to such an extent that the field's foundations, the subjects of its study as well as its methods and concepts, appear to be eroded. It is now time to take stock and either abandon anthropology as a fundamentally untenable or superfluous project, or to set it on more solid foundations. In this volume some of the world's leading anthropologists - including Vincent Crapanzano, Maurice Godelier, Ulf Hannerz and Adam Kuper - do just that. Reflec
The fifth world of Enoch Maloney; portrait of a Navaho by Vincent Crapanzano( Book )

5 editions published between 1969 and 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les Hamadcha : une étude d'ethnopsychiatrie marocaine by Vincent Crapanzano( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in French and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"En quelques minutes, il fut plongé dans une profonde transe de claquements : sa bouche s'ouvrait et se fermait à une vitesse très au-delà des possibilités du comportement volontaire. Sa tête était rejetée loin en arrière, ses yeux exorbités. Il errait, désorienté, dans le centre du cercle. A ce moment-là, les ghiyyata modifièrent légèrement l'air qu'ils jouaient, et il fut immédiatement attiré vers eux. Il dansait devant eux, dos au public, d'une manière plus proche de la danse des femmes que de celle des hommes. Il paraissait plus fermé sur lui-même que les autres danseurs, plus séparé du public que les autres participants. Soudain, il se mit à se frapper la tête avec ce qui semblait être ses poings mais qui était, en fait, deux couteaux de poche, un dans chaque main. La femme à côté de moi chuchota : Aïcha, Aïcha Qandicha . Il se tailladait la tête de plus en plus vite (la musique paraissait également avoir accéléré), jusqu'à ce que le sang se mêle à ses longues boucles et qu'il en soit strié par-devant comme par-derrière. Beaucoup d'hommes et de femmes le regardaient avec calme, mais l'agitation et l'excitation croissaient parmi les enfants du public. Plus d'une mère souleva son bébé dans ses bras pour qu'il voie l'homme se taillader. Les Hamadcha sont membres d'un ordre (ou confrérie) religieux relativement organisé, qui fait remonter son héritage spirituel à deux saints marocains de la fin du XVIIe et du début du XVIIIe siècle, Sidi Ali ben Hamduch et Sidi Ahmed Dghughi. En dépit d'une certaine célébrité due à ce qu'ils se tailladent la tête et ont d'autres pratiques d'auto mutilation, les Hamadcha, comparés aux autres confréries, n'ont fait l'objet que de peu d'études, ethnographiques ou autres. Cela est sans doute moins dû à une réserve ou à un manque de coopération de leur part qu'à leur insignifiance politique et au fait qu'ils ont été éclipsés par des confréries plus importantes et plus spectaculaires"--Book cover
Die Ḥamadša : e. ethnopsychiatr. Unters. in Marokko by Vincent Crapanzano( Book )

2 editions published in 1981 in German and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tuhami : Portrait e. Marokkaners by Vincent Crapanzano( Book )

2 editions published in 1983 in German and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Camilla Adami : l'ange déchu, exposition du 27 mars au 16 mai 2004 by Vincent Crapanzano( Book )

7 editions published in 2004 in French and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Preliminary notes on the glossing of emotions by Vincent Crapanzano( )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geistbesessenheit in Marokko by Vincent Crapanzano( )

1 edition published in 1995 in German and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Passions politiques( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in French and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recapitulations by Vincent Crapanzano( Book )

3 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A distinguished anthropologist tells his life story as a wistful novelist would, watching himself as if he were someone else This memoir recaptures meaningful moments from the author's life: his childhood on the grounds of a psychiatric hospital, his psychiatrist father's early death, his years at school in Switzerland and then at Harvard in the 1960s, his love affairs, his own teaching, and his far-flung travels. Taken together, these stories have the power of a nothing-taken-for-granted vision, fighting those conventions and ideologies that deaden the creative and inquiring mind
Mise en récit et enjeux politiques d'un diagnostic l'hystérie entre 1730 et 1820 : construction et circulation d'une catégorie médicale by Sabine Arnaud( Book )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in French and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

My work begins with a study of terminology, retracing terms used during the eighteenth century to discuss what would eventually be recognized as hysteria. I t studies doctors' formation of symptoms into a category and efforts to convey an idea of hysteric maladies despite their contradictory expressions. It delves into how power relationships structure encounters between doctors and patients. It analyzes physicians' writing strategies and employ of literary genres. It regards the use of hysteria as a pretext for theorizations around class, sexual difference, geography, and race, and its invocation during the crisis of the Convulsionaries and French Revolution. In theatrical pieces, fables, and anecdotes, symptoms function as a system of signs. In novels, pathology is used to contrast conflicting interpretations of expressions and interrogate representation. French and English medical, political, philosophical and literary texts constitute the corpus of this study
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Tuhami, portrait of a Moroccan
The fifth world of Forster Bennett; portrait of a NavahoTuhami, portrait of a MoroccanServing the word : literalism in America from the pulpit to the benchThe Ḥamadsha: a study in Moroccan ethnopsychiatryHermes' dilemma and Hamlet's desire : on the epistemology of interpretationThe Harkis : the wound that never heals
Alternative Names
Vincent Crapanzano American anthropologist

Vincent Crapanzano Amerikaans antropoloog

Vincent Crapanzano US-amerikanischer Anthropologe und Literaturwissenschaftler

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English (154)

French (17)

German (5)

Japanese (4)

Italian (4)

Czech (2)

Spanish (1)