The Social Life of Achievement

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Nicholas J. Moore, Henrietta Long

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What happens when people "achieve"? Why do reactions to "achievement" vary so profoundly? And how might an anthropological study of achievement and its consequences allow us to develop a more nuanced model of the motivated agency that operates in the social world? These questions lie at the heart of this volume. Drawing on research from Southeast Asia, Europe, the United States, and Latin America, this collection develops an innovative framework for explaining achievement's multiple effects-one which brings together cutting-edge theoretical insights into politics, psychology, ethics, materiality, aurality, embodiment, affect and narrative. In doing so, the volume advances a new agenda for the study of achievement within anthropology, emphasizing the significance of achievement as a moment of cultural invention, and the complexity of "the achiever" as a subject position.

Henrietta L. Moore is Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity, University College London where she is also Chair of Culture, Philosophy and Design. Among her recent books is Still Life: Hopes, Desires and Satisfactions (Polity Press, 2011).


Einband Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum 01.04.2016
Herausgeber Nicholas J. Long, Henrietta L. Moore
Verlag Ingram Publishers Services
Seitenzahl 248
Maße (L/B/H) 22.9/15.2/1.3 cm
Gewicht 368 g
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-78533-215-9

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    Introduction: Achievement and Its Social Life
    Nicholas J. Long & Henrietta L. Moore

    Chapter 1. The Achievement of a Life, a List, a Line
    Kathleen Stewart

    Chapter 2. Against the Odds: A Professional Gambler's Narrative of Achievement
    Rebecca Cassidy

    Chapter 3. Men of Sound Reputation: The Passionate Aurality of Achievement in Guyanese Birdsport
    Laura H. Mentore

    Chapter 4. Political Dimensions of Achievement Psychology: Perspectives on Selfhood, Confidence and Policy from a New Indonesian Province
    Nicholas J. Long 

    Chapter 5. Directive and Definitive Knowledge: Experiencing Achievement in a Thai Meditation Monastery
    Joanna Cook

    Chaqpter 6. Autism and Affordances of Achievement: Narrative Genres and Parenting Practices
    Olga Solomon

    Chapter 7. Achievement and Private Equity in the UK: A Game of Abstraction, Sociality and Making Money
    Sarah F. Green

    Chapter 8. For Family, State, and Nation: Achieving Cosmopolitan Modernity in Late-Socialist Vietnam
    Susan Bayly

    Chapter 9. Practicing Responsibilisation: The Unwritten Curriculum for Achievement in an American Suburb
    Peter Demerath

    Chapter 10. Competing to Lose: (Black) Female School Success as Pyrrhic Victory
    Signithia Fordham

    Notes on Contributors