The article explores the relationship between what we take to be objective or paramount reality and, roughly, its subjectification: a shadowy world, edging on the imaginative, which I call the scene. I suggest that the two ‘realities’ are mutually implicated; that their interplay affects understanding and consequent behavior; and that our present take on the ‘empirical’ has led us to ignore this dimension of experience. I argue that insofar as we respond to (as we create) these scenes that color our experiences of objective reality, they demand anthropological consideration. I stress the intersubjective nature of subjectivity itself and offer a preliminary attempt at understanding the complex interlocutory-the indexical-dramas occurring in ritual, for example, psychoanalysis and anthropological research, that constitute the scene.
Tuhami is an illiterate Moroccan tilemaker who believes himself married to a camel-footed she-demon. A master of magic and a superb story-teller, Tuhami lives in a dank, windowless hovel near the kiln where he works. Nightly he suffers visitations from the demons and saints who haunt his life, and he seeks, with crippling ambivalence, liberation from 'A'isha Qandisha, the she-demon. In a sensitive and bold experiment in interpretive ethnography, Crapanzano presents Tuhami's bizarre account of himself and his world. In so doing, Crapanzano draws on phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and symbolism to reflect upon the nature of reality and truth and to probe the limits of anthropology itself. Tuhami has become one of the most important and widely cited representatives of a new understanding of the whole discipline of anthropology.
- Paperback | 204 pages
- 147.32 x 213.36 x 12.7mm | 249.47g
- 01 Jan 1986
- The University of Chicago Press
- University of Chicago Press
- Chicago, IL, United States
- New edition
- New edition