BOON, JAMES A. / Anthropology / Researchers

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Anthropology / BOON, JAMES A.

jaboonprinceton.edu

Position

Professor Emeritus at Princeton University in New Jersey, USA.

Research interests

comparative hierarchies and heterodoxies, history of anthropological ideas, language and culture, ritual and literature, discourses of interrelated arts

His specialized fields of study include the history of anthropological ideas, ritual and literature, marriage and hierarchy, language and culture, and comparative discourse. James has performed fieldwork in Java and Bali and has done extensive research on the history of Indonesian studies and on anthropological discourse.

His achievements in literature are many and well acclaimed. The long list includes The Anthropological Romance of Bali: 1597-1972; From Symbolism to Structuralism; The Cross-Cultural Kiss: Edwardian and Earlier, Postmodern and Beyond; Verging on Extra-Vagance: Anthropology, History, Religion, Literature, Arts … Showbiz; Dynastic Dynamics: Caste and Kinship in Bali Now; Affinities and Extremes: Crisscrossing the Bittersweet Ethnology of East Indies History, Hindu-Balinese Culture, and Indo-European Allure; and Other Tribes, Other Scribes: Symbolic Anthropology in the Comparative Study of Cultures, Histories, Religions, and Tests.

The logic behind his themes is an attempt to show how separate fields such as ideas and actions interpenetrate. His work as an anthropologist and an author bridges comparative studies of societies and institutions, approaches to kinship, myth, and ritual, colonists ethnology, literary analysis, and the history of ideas.

Publications

1972 From Symbolism to Structuralism: Lévi-Strauss in a Literary Tradition, Blackwell and Harper and Row. (Spanish translation, El Ateneo, 1977)

1977 The Anthropological Romance of Bali, 1597-1972: Dynamic Perspectives in Marriage and Caste, Politics and Religion, Cambridge University Press. (Re-issued 2009)

1982 Other Tribes, Other Scribes: Symbolic Anthropology in the Comparative Study of Cultures, Histories, Religions and Texts, Cambridge University Press. (Re-issued 2009) (Spanish translation, Fondo de Cultura Economica,199l).

1990 Affinities and Extremes: Crisscrossing the Bittersweet Ethnology of East Indies History, Hindu-Balinese Culture, and Indo-European Allure, University of Chicago Press.

1999 Verging on Extra-Vagance: Anthropology, History, Religion, Literature, Arts . . . Showbiz, Princeton University Press.

Current book projects are (titles tentative):

Cultural Comparison, Encore! Novel Returns to Geertz, Weber, Boasians, Frazer, Critical Theory, and Commercial Desire.

Levi-Strauss, a Longtemps Later

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