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Textures of the Ordinary: Doing Anthropology after Wittgenstein

Veena Das


Textures of the Ordinary: Doing Anthropology after Wittgenstein is an exploration of everyday life in which anthropology finds a companionship with philosophy. Based on two decades of ethnographic work among low-income urban families in India, Das shows how the notion of texture allows her to align her ethnography with stunning anthropological moments in Wittgenstein and Cavell as well as in literary texts from India. Das poses a compelling question—how might we speak of a human form of life when the very idea of the human has been put into question? The response to this question, Das argues, ... More

Keywords: anthropology, Cavell, ethics, everyday, human, language, ordinary, philosophy, violence, Wittgenstein

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780823287895
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823287895.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Veena Das, author
Johns Hopkins University