in: International social science journal, Volume 49, Issue 154, p. 517-526
ISSN: 0020-8701 (print), 1468-2451 (electronic)
Examines Talal Asad's (1991) investigation of the relationship between anthropology & colonialism. Prompted by R. G. Collingwood's (1939) notion of the logic of question & answer, Asad mandated a shift in anthropological preoccupation from the production of studies of European colonial occupation to the production of an anthropology of Western hegemony. Asad's contention that the narrative of colonialism should be comprehended as a narrative of the conditions of resistance is examined through a discussion of the construction of anthropological objects & the transforming effects of modern European authority in non-European locations. It is concluded that a historical anthropology of Western domination would essentially produce a historical anthropology of the postcolonial present. 19 References. Adapted from the source document.