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Stoller, Paul

Overview
Works: 151 works in 383 publications in 3 languages and 9,796 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Fiction  Cross-cultural studies  Domestic fiction  Nonfiction films  Documentary films  Case studies  Ethnographic 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( Book )

24 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 607 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
Fusion of the worlds : an ethnography of possession among the Songhay of Niger by Paul Stoller( Book )

19 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in English and held by 535 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 )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 488 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
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 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 Undetermined and held by 414 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
The cinematic griot : the ethnography of Jean Rouch by Paul Stoller( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sensuous scholarship by Paul Stoller( Book )

13 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and held by 367 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
Jaguar : a story of Africans in America by Paul Stoller( Book )

6 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 350 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 )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 281 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
Gallery Bundu : a story about an African past by Paul Stoller( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 240 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
The sorcerer's burden : the ethnographic saga of a global family by Paul Stoller( Book )

8 editions published in 2016 in English and German and held by 53 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.
The dynamics of bankwano : communication and political legitimacy among the Songhai (Republic of Niger) by Paul Stoller( )

12 editions published between 1978 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

In sorcery's shadow : a memoir of apprenticeship among the Songhay of Niger by Paul Stoller( Book )

12 editions published between 1987 and 2004 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The power of the between : an anthropological odyssey by Paul Stoller( Book )

10 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

4e de couv.: It is the anthropologist’s fate to always be between things: countries, languages, cultures, even realities. But rather than lament this, anthropologist Paul Stoller here celebrates the creative power of the between, showing how it can transform us, changing our conceptions of who we are, what we know, and how we live in the world. Beginning with his early days with the Peace Corps in Africa and culminating with a recent bout with cancer, The Power of the Between is an evocative account of the circuitous path Stoller’s life has taken, offering a fascinating depiction of how a career is shaped over decades of reading and research. Stoller imparts his accumulated wisdom not through grandiose pronouncements but by drawing on his gift for storytelling. Tales of his apprenticeship to a sorcerer in Niger, his studies with Claude Lévi-Strauss in Paris, and his friendships with West African street vendors in New York City accompany philosophical reflections on love, memory, power, courage, health, and illness. Graced with Stoller’s trademark humor and narrative elegance, The Power of the Between is both the story of a distinguished career and a profound meditation on coming to terms with the impermanence of all things
Stranger in the village of the sick : a memoir of cancer, sorcery, and healing by Paul Stoller( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"After more than fifty years of good health, anthropologist Paul Stoller suddenly found himself diagnosed with lymphoma. The only thing more transformative than his fear and dread of cancer was the place it ultimately took him: twenty-five years back in time to his days as an apprentice to a West African sorcerer, Adamu Jenitongo."
Yaya's story : the quest for well-being in the world by Paul Stoller( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Heartland chronicles by Douglas E Foley( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 3 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
Women of Fes : ambiguities of urban life in Morocco by Rachel Newcomb( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 0 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."--BOOK JACKET
 
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The taste of ethnographic things : the senses in anthropology
Alternative Names
Stoller, Paul

Stoller, Paul Allen

Stoller Paul Allen 1947-....

Languages
English (194)

Chinese (2)

German (1)

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Fusion of the worlds : an ethnography of possession among the Songhay of NigerMoney has no smell : the Africanization of New York CityEmbodying colonial memories : spirit possession, power, and the Hauka in West AfricaThe cinematic griot : the ethnography of Jean RouchSensuous scholarshipJaguar : a story of Africans in AmericaGallery Bundu : a story about an African pastIn sorcery's shadow : a memoir of apprenticeship among the Songhay of Niger