The method of hope : anthropology, philosophy, and Fijian knowledge / Hirokazu Miyazaki.Material type: TextPublisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2004Description: x, 199 p. ; 22 cmISBN: 9780804757171; 0804748861 (cloth : alk. paper); 0804757178 (pbk : alk paper)Subject(s): Ethnology -- Fiji -- Suva -- Philosophy | Ethnophilosophy -- Fiji -- Suva | Fijians -- Land tenure -- Fiji -- Suva | Fijians -- Fiji -- Suva -- Government relations | Fijians -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Fiji -- Suva | Suva (Fiji) -- Social life and customs | Suva (Fiji) -- Politics and governmentDDC classification: 305.8/0099611 LOC classification: GN671.F5 | M59 2004Online resources: Contributor biographical information | Publisher description
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -192) and index.
Hope as a method -- A history of thwarted hope -- A politics of self-knowledge -- Setting knowledge in motion -- Intimating fulfillment -- Repeating without overlapping -- Inheriting hope.
he Method of Hope examines the relationship between hope and knowledge by investigating how hope is produced in various forms of knowledge—Fijian, philosophical, anthropological. The book discusses the hope entailed in a wide range of Fijian knowledge practices such as archival research, gift giving, Christian church rituals, and business practices, and compares it with the concept of hope in the work of philosophers such as Immanuel Kant, Ernst Bloch, Walter Benjamin, and Richard Rorty. The book participates in on-going debates in social theory about how to reclaim the category of hope in progressive thought. The book marks a significant departure from other such efforts by combining a detailed ethnographic analysis of the production of hope in Fijian knowledge practices with an imaginative reading of well-known philosophical texts. The aim is to carve out a space for a new kind of relationship between anthropology and philosophy.--Publisher's website