Biographical Objects: How Things Tell the Stories of Peoples' Lives, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Biographical Objects

How Things Tell the Stories of Peoples' Lives, 1st Edition

By Janet Hoskins


224 pages

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Paperback: 9780415920124
pub: 1998-05-11
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First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


"[T]he book's heart really lies in the vicissitudes of personal experience, and the ethnographer's relationships with certain individuals. In this respect, the book properly takes its place among other recent works that center on the particularities of experience. Here the author's long fieldwork in Kodi serves her well." -- Indonesia

"The stories are beautifully told, and Hoskins makes it easy to enjoy them. …she is a very welcome guide, helping the reader follow the chains of metaphors that turn experience into poetry. Any student who has suffered through Saussure and Levi-Strauss deserves the pleasure of reading this book." -- The Journal of Asian Studies

About the Author

Janet Hoskins is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Southern California. She is the author of The Play of Time: Kodi Perspectives on Calendars, History and Exchange (1993), winner of the 1996 Benda prize in Southeast Asian studies.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General