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An Anthropologist's (New?) Dress Code: Some Brief Comments on a Comparative Cosmopolitanism

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"In his provocative article "Of Mimicry and Membership: Africans and the 'New World Society' " in this issue of Cultural Anthropology, James Ferguson wants anthropologists to pay attention to Africans who deploy Western discursive genres and sartorial fashions to claim membership in a global imagined community. He argues that anthropologists generally ignore such people: We are embarrassed by the "scandal" of Africans who want to "become like us" because we need cultural difference in order to make countermodern critiques of the West. Ferguson notes that this embarrassment parallels the distaste colonial administrators felt for the "cheeky" African, the "savvy boy," or the "trousered African." In that sense, the colonialist's and the anthropologist's."

"An Anthropologist's (New?) Dress Code: Some Brief Comments on a Comparative Cosmopolitanism," Eric Gable (572).

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