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  • The Magic of the Stateby Michael Taussig

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 43.95

    Set in the enchanted mountain of a spirit-queen presiding over an unnamed, postcolonial country, this ethnographic work of ficto-criticism recreates in written form the shrines by which the dead--notably the fetishized forms of Europe's Others, Indians and Blacks--generate the magical powers of the modern state. more...

  • Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South Americaby Michael Taussig

    The University of North Carolina Press 2010; US$ 26.00

    In this classic book, Michael Taussig explores the social significance of the devil in the folklore of contemporary plantation workers and miners in South America. Grounding his analysis in Marxist theory, Taussig finds that the fetishization of evil, in the image of the devil, mediates the conflict between precapitalist and capitalist modes of objectifying... more...

  • I Swear I Saw Thisby Michael Taussig

    University of Chicago Press 2011; US$ 18.00

    I Swear I Saw This records visionary anthropologist Michael Taussig’s reflections on the fieldwork notebooks he kept through forty years of travels in Colombia. Taking as a starting point a drawing he made in Medellin in 2006—as well as its caption, “I swear I saw this”—Taussig considers the fieldwork notebook as a... more...

  • Beauty and the Beastby Michael Taussig

    University of Chicago Press 2012; US$ 21.00

    Beauty and the Beast  begins with the question: Is beauty destined to end in tragedy? Drawing on extensive fieldwork in Colombia, Michael Taussig scrutinizes the anxious, audacious, and sometimes destructive attempts people make to transform their bodies through cosmetic surgery and liposuction. He balances an examination of surgeries meant... more...

  • Walter Benjamin's Graveby Michael Taussig

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 27.50

    In September 1940, Walter Benjamin committed suicide in Port Bou on the Spanish-French border when it appeared that he and his travelling partners would be denied passage into Spain in their attempt to escape the Nazis. In 2002, one of anthropology’s—and indeed today’s—most distinctive writers, Michael Taussig, visited Benjamin’s... more...

  • What Color Is the Sacred?by Michael Taussig

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 27.50

    Over the past thirty years, visionary anthropologist Michael Taussig has crafted a highly distinctive body of work. Playful, enthralling, and whip-smart, his writing makes ingenious connections between ideas, thinkers, and things. An extended meditation on the mysteries of color and the fascination they provoke, What Color Is the Sacred? is the... more...

  • My Cocaine Museumby Michael Taussig

    University of Chicago Press 2009; US$ 30.00

    In this book, a make-believe cocaine museum becomes a vantage point from which to assess the lives of Afro-Colombian gold miners drawn into the dangerous world of cocaine production in the rain forest of Colombia's Pacific Coast. Although modeled on the famous Gold Museum in Colombia's central bank, the Banco de la República, Taussig's museum... more...

  • The Nervous Systemby Michael Taussig

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 48.95

    In a series of intriguing essays ranging over terror, State fetishism, shamanic healing in Latin America, homesickness, and the place of the tactile eye in both magic and modernity, anthropologist Michael Taussig puts into representational practice a curious type of engaged writing. Based on a paranoiac vision of social control and its understanding... more...

  • Ordinary Genomesby Karen-Sue Taussig; Michael M. J. Fischer; Joseph Dumit

    Duke University Press 2009; US$ 22.95

    Explores the mutually constructive relationship between increasing scientific knowledge of human genetics and cultural identity through a case study of the development and reception of genomics in the Netherlands. more...

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