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Soumhya Venkatesan commented on Ken Routon's blog post Foreign Perfume and Other Fetishes, Part III
"Ken, thank you for this very interesting discussion, which I have just found two years too late! I am grappling with statues that become/instantiate embodied gods in Hindu India. Priests who animate the statues are insistent that it is their work…"
Feb 13, 2013
John McCreery commented on Ken Routon's blog post Foreign Perfume and Other Fetishes, Part III
"Reviewing the comments so far, I detect a muddle whose origins lie in the different intellectual spheres in which the term "fetish" has become popular. There seems to be broad agreement that a fetish is both set apart from other objects…"
Apr 7, 2011
Ken Routon commented on Ken Routon's blog post Foreign Perfume and Other Fetishes, Part III
"You're last point is well taken, and one that has already been made by both Pietz, Graeber, Taussig, Pels and others."
Apr 3, 2011
M Izabel commented on Ken Routon's blog post Foreign Perfume and Other Fetishes, Part III
"There are dogs who perform tricks because there are treats that  positively reinforce expected behavior.  I read  somewhere what  Graeber wrote about how Europeans characterized the cultural materials in West Africa as fetishes…"
Apr 3, 2011
Ken Routon commented on Ken Routon's blog post Foreign Perfume and Other Fetishes, Part III
"I'm not sure we can so easily sweep aside these issues - which, by the way, have consumed some of our most brilliant ethnographers and social theorists, most recently including the likes of Michael Taussig and David Graeber, among many others -…"
Apr 3, 2011
M Izabel commented on Ken Routon's blog post Foreign Perfume and Other Fetishes, Part III
"I visited my folks yesterday, bringing them a plastic bag of goodies. As  usual, their  dog  licked my hands  and  the bag.  I always buy  him a  treat.  The bag is  a hint that I have…"
Apr 3, 2011
John McCreery commented on Ken Routon's blog post Foreign Perfume and Other Fetishes, Part III
"Ken, sorry about that brain dump in my last reply. I had begun to write it. Then we had a Skype call from the amazing daughter. As that ended I realized that I had to get showered and dressed and race off to Tokyo for a practice with the men's…"
Apr 3, 2011
John McCreery commented on Ken Routon's blog post Foreign Perfume and Other Fetishes, Part III
"Ken, allow me to restrict "Poppycock" to the sentence to which I applied the adjective, which still looks to me like explaining fire by invoking phlogiston. It does not apply to your thoughtful attempt to compare the approaches of Graeber…"
Apr 2, 2011
M Izabel commented on Ken Routon's blog post Foreign Perfume and Other Fetishes, Part III
"I suspect we have the problem about the materiality of things because we view their conceptual power to be formal, inherent, and permanent.  If we view an object as a mere vehicle or instrument for capturing an idea or stabilizing a meaning, we…"
Apr 1, 2011
Ken Routon commented on Ken Routon's blog post Foreign Perfume and Other Fetishes, Part III
"@M Izabel Please see my comment below. Just for clarification. The point was that, when it comes to fetishes, from an emic perspective, the very materiality of the object is its power. I think that - again, from an emic perspective - this is…"
Apr 1, 2011
M Izabel commented on Ken Routon's blog post Foreign Perfume and Other Fetishes, Part III
"The fetish throws social constructionism into question in two principal ways. First, as an object characterized by its “irreducible materiality,” the power of the fetish cannot be explained as the mere material embodiment or…"
Apr 1, 2011
Ken Routon commented on Ken Routon's blog post Foreign Perfume and Other Fetishes, Part III
"Just for clarification. The point was that, when it comes to fetishes, from an emic perspective, the very materiality of the object is its power. I think that - again, from an emic perspective - this is true. People do not describe the power of the…"
Apr 1, 2011
Ken Routon commented on Ken Routon's blog post Foreign Perfume and Other Fetishes, Part III
"There's certainly a lot of disappointing work out there throwing around the word "materiality." But there's also a lot good work being done - e.g., in my opinion, Tim Ingold, Peter Pels, Nadia Seremetakis, Bruno Latour etc."
Apr 1, 2011
John McCreery commented on Ken Routon's blog post Foreign Perfume and Other Fetishes, Part III
"This is all fine as far as it goes. I was inspired by Levi-Strauss to look for the logic in tangible qualities nigh on four decades ago. From Vic Turner I took the notion that symbols can be analyzed in terms of material and conceptual poles. With _…"
Apr 1, 2011
Ken Routon commented on Ken Routon's blog post Foreign Perfume and Other Fetishes, Part III
"I'm swamped at the moment, and so can't get into details. But I think, for instance, the bit on Merleau-Ponty at the end gets at some of this (but there are many others I could invoke). I remember the joke about the drunk who wanders out…"
Apr 1, 2011
John McCreery commented on Ken Routon's blog post Foreign Perfume and Other Fetishes, Part III
"Please do explain what you see as meaningful in the claim in question."
Apr 1, 2011

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Foreign Perfume and Other Fetishes, Part III

It’s interesting in light of this to compare David Graeber’s and Peter Pel’s (1998) work on the fetish. Although both Graeber and Pels acknowledge all the same features that distinguish the fetish, they seem to reach strikingly different conclusions. In Graeber’s discussion, the fetish illustrates the tendency of human groups to treat their own social creations as somehow having power them rather than the other way around. His main point about the circulation of objects of “alien” or foreign…

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Posted on March 31, 2011 at 4:05pm — 18 Comments

Foreign Perfume and Other Fetishes, Part II

It would seem that the manipulation of objects of alien value – or, the making and manipulation of images of foreign peoples and things (and I may be confusing here two issues that are best treated separately) – might serve at least two possible functions, both the flipside of the other. In both cases, it would appear that what we’re really talking about is the capacity of foreign objects/images to provoke estrangement (even if the subject of this estrangement may differ in each case). If…

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Posted on March 22, 2011 at 4:46pm — 2 Comments

Foreign Perfume and Other Fetishes, Part I

Foreign Perfume and Other Fetishes, Part I

Some Notes on the Senses and Commodity Fetishism



There’s a Cuban joke that goes something like this: While visiting a local secondary school, Fidel turns to one of the children and, patting them affectionately on the head, says, “Tell me, son, what do you want to be when you grow up?” The child ponders the question for a moment but soon looks up and says, enthusiastically, “A…

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Posted on March 15, 2011 at 12:24am — 7 Comments

Media Fictions and the Menace of Facts

Lately, I’ve been considering how I might combine three of my great interests – ethnography, journalism, and storytelling – to forge an alternative career path for myself. Given my recent preoccupations, Nathan Dobson’s short but thought provoking analysis on the role of “facts” in journalism caught my attention.…

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Posted on March 10, 2011 at 10:30pm — 8 Comments

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At 4:41pm on March 15, 2011, John McCreery said…
Interesting stuff you are thinking about. Do keep in touch.
At 7:13pm on March 14, 2011, Neil L. Whitehead said…
...good to connect...
At 6:21pm on March 9, 2011, Justin Shaffner said…
Welcome to the OAC, Ken! Good to see you here!
 
 
 

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