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Stoller, Paul

Works: 153 works in 404 publications in 4 languages and 9,823 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Fiction  Cross-cultural studies  Literature  Domestic fiction  Nonfiction films  Historical fiction  Didactic fiction  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Editor, Composer, Other
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Most widely held works by Paul Stoller
The taste of ethnographic things : the senses in anthropology by Paul Stoller( )

25 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in English and held by 1,324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthropologists who have lost their senses write ethnographies that are often disconnected from the worlds they seek to portray. For most anthropologists, Stoller contends, tasteless theories are more important than the savory sauces of ethnographic life. That they have lost the smells, sounds, and tastes of the places they study is unfortunate for them, for their subjects, and for the discipline itself. The Taste of Ethnographic Things describes how, through long-term participation in the lives of the Songhay of Niger, Stoller eventually came to his senses. Taken together, the separate chapters speak to two important and integrated issues. The first is methodological--all the chapters demonstrate the rewards of long-term study of a culture. The second issue is how he became truer to the Songhay through increased sensual awareness
Sensuous scholarship by Paul Stoller( Book )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and held by 650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Sensuous Scholarship Paul Stoller challenges contemporary social theorists and cultural critics who - using the notion of embodiment to critique both Eurocentric and phallocentric predispositions in scholarly thought - consider the body primarily as a text that can be read and analyzed. He argues that this attitude is in itself Eurocentric and is particularly inappropriate for anthropologists, who often work in societies in which the notion of text, and textual interpretation, is foreign. In many of these societies not only are reading and writing unimportant but vision is not the central perceptual mode. Instead, the "lower" senses are central to the metaphoric organization of experience. Throughout Sensuous Scholarship Stoller argues for the importance of understanding the "sensuous epistemologies" of many non-Western societies so that we can better understand the societies themselves and what their epistemologies have to teach us about human experience in general
Fusion of the worlds : an ethnography of possession among the Songhay of Niger by Paul Stoller( Book )

21 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in English and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This ethnography is more like a film than a book, so well does Stoller evoke the color, sight, sounds, and movements of Songhay possession ceremonies."--Choice "Stoller brilliantly recreates the reality of spirit presence; hosts are what they mediate, and spirits become flesh and blood in the 'fusion' with human existence. ... An excellent demonstration of the benefits of a new genre of ethnographic writing. It expands our understanding of the harsh world of Songhay mediums and sorcerers."--Bruce Kapferer, American Ethnologist "A vivid story that will appeal to a wide
Money has no smell : the Africanization of New York City by Paul Stoller( Book )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blending ethnographic description with social analysis, Stoller shows how West African entrepreneurs have built cohesive and effective multinational trading networks in New York. Their stories illuminate ongoing debates about globalisation
Miracles and extraordinary experience in northern Kenya by Bilinda Straight( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The miraculous blends with the mundane in this book as the Samburu continue their day-to-day twenty-first-century existence. Straight describes miracles inside the cultural logic that makes them possible, questioning how anthropology can best engage with the improbable
Embodying colonial memories : spirit possession, power, and the Hauka in West Africa by Paul Stoller( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Embodying Colonial Memories is the first in-depth study of the West African Hauka, spirits in the body of (human) mediums which mimic and mock Europeans of the colonial epoch. Paul Stoller, who was initiated into a spirit possession troupe, recounts an insider's tale of the Hauka with respect and "brotherly" deference. He combines narrative description, historical analysis, and reflections on the importance of embodiment and mimesis to social theory, with particular reference to the Songhay peoples of the Republic of Niger. Why have the Hauka mimicked white men and their colonial behaviors? In this innovative book, Stoller argues that mimicry is about power. To copy something is to master it. Through the Hauka, the Songhay try to divert the power of the Europeans. Embodying Colonial Memories not only desribes a spirit possession cult; it considers such significant subjects as the cultural sentience of the body, the dynamics of colonial movements of resistance, and the particularly poignant political discourses of West African postcolonies. -- Back cover
Black American English : its background and its usage in the schools and in literature by Paul Stoller( Book )

11 editions published between 1975 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cinematic griot : the ethnography of Jean Rouch by Paul Stoller( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jaguar : a story of Africans in America by Paul Stoller( Book )

6 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on a West African street peddler in New York and the effect his emigration has on his wife back home. With the money he sends, she opens a store and becomes an independent woman. Nevertheless, she suffers from loneliness because he keeps delaying his return, having found girlfriends
From Vérité to Virtual: Conversations on the Frontier of Film and Anthropology( Visual )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary presents panel and roundtable conversations with leading documentary filmmakers, artists and ethnographers about the future of visual anthropology. Recorded at Temple University, the targeted conversations raise questions, among others, of collaboration, aesthetics, uses of new media, and how to build a cross-disciplinary approach that bridges methods of the social sciences, humanities and fine arts
The sorcerer's burden : the ethnographic saga of a global family by Paul Stoller( )

12 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and German and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book emerges from the author's 35 years of research and thought about the Songhay people of Niger. This ethnographic novel follows the life of Omar Dia, the oldest son of a West African sorcerer. When his father falls ill and dies, the great sorcerer vomits a small metal chain onto his chest. Following the path of his ancestors, Omar swallows the chain, becoming his father's successor, which means that he takes on the sorcerer's burden. The book also describes how custodians of traditional knowledge are creatively adapting to the forces of globalization, all in a highly accessible narrative text
Gallery Bundu : a story about an African past by Paul Stoller( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a young man in the 1960's David Lyons joined the Peace Corps and went to an assignment in Niger, Africa. While there he fell in love with a beautiful African girl, who became pregnant with his child. Within days of his leaving Africa David panicked and left Africa without his girlfriend in tow. Years later, he deciedes he must go back and see if he can make amends for his irresponsibility
Eight films by Jean Rouch( Visual )

1 edition published in 2017 in French and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The punishment: Out of school for the day on suspension, an eighteen-year-old Parisian women roams Paris
The dynamics of bankwano : communication and political legitimacy among the Songhai (Republic of Niger) by Paul Stoller( )

13 editions published between 1900 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Patterns of American culture : ethnography & estrangement by Dan Rose( )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Patterns of Americans Culture is a scholarly and peotic pursuit of the concealed energies within this vast incorporation and an analysis of how it shapes society and the lives of individuals. Rose draws from poems by Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams and brings ideas from such sources as performance art and cultural theory to critique this pervasive institutional order. The book closes with a fable of life in a fictitious capitalist society that both comments on ethnographic practice and reveals the disturbing estrangement inherent in any study of this type of culture."--Page 4 of cover
The Heartland chronicles by Douglas E Foley( )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Where Asia smiles : an ethnography of Philippine tourism by Sally Ann Ness( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The righting of passage : perceptions of change after modernity by A. David Napier( )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, David Napier offers a novel argument that accounts for diffuse and flexible notions of the self while also illustrating how a coherent, communicating self persists amid such apparent instability. This he does by arguing something entirely counterintuitive to both modernist and postmodernist positions - namely, that modernity's increasing separation of embodiment from meaning not only slows down human transformation but attenuates human growth by encouraging us to perceive risk as largely pathological. Today the combined forces of stress management, depth psychology, therapeutic writing, dislocated meaning, and institutional conformity work together to produce a reduction - not a proliferation - of change in human life."--Jacket
Gao dian ying de ge li ou : shang hu xu de min zu zhi by Paul Stoller( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in Chinese and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Women of Fes : ambiguities of urban life in Morocco by Rachel Newcomb( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Based on two years of fieldwork conducted in the city of Fes, Rachel Newcomb's Women of Fes provides valuable insights into the everyday lives of Moroccan women. Newcomb evokes the struggles middle-class women face as they challenge and modify competing ideologies to create new forms of identity in work, family, and urban space. Simultaneously, the book situates women's lives within larger processes, such as globalization, human rights, and the construction of national identity."--Jacket
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The taste of ethnographic things : the senses in anthropology
Sensuous scholarshipFusion of the worlds : an ethnography of possession among the Songhay of NigerMoney has no smell : the Africanization of New York CityMiracles and extraordinary experience in northern KenyaEmbodying colonial memories : spirit possession, power, and the Hauka in West AfricaThe cinematic griot : the ethnography of Jean RouchJaguar : a story of Africans in AmericaGallery Bundu : a story about an African past
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Stoller, Paul

Stoller, Paul Allen

Stoller Paul Allen 1947-....

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