This book focuses on 'imaginative sociology,' demonstrating the techniques by which social science may capture the contexts that human beings construct and inhabit. It argues for the continuing value of a historical anthropology in which ethnography and culture remain vital.
Part One: Theory, Ethnography, Historiography 1. Ethnography and the Historical Imagination 2. Of Totemism and Ethnicity 3. Bodily Reform as Historical Practice Part Two: Dialectical Systems, Imaginative Sociologies 4. The Long and the Short oflt 5. Goodly Beasts, Beastly Goods 6. The Madman and the Migrant Part Three: Colonialism and Modernity 7. Images of Empire, Contests of Conscience 8. Medicine, Colonialism, and the Black Body 9. The Colonization of Consciousness 10. Homemade Hegemony