Lifeworlds

REVIEWS:

“Lifeworld is an extraordinary book, remarkable for its scholarly depth and literary sensibility.  It puts the whole question of anthropology’s relation to philosophy in a new light … Michael Jackson is not only a great ethnologist, he is also a major theoretician of anthropological knowledge.  Not many people could have taken up such profound issues while wearing their scholarship so lightly.”  - Veena Das

“The several essays here fit into an impressive whole that sets out a compelling case for a type of ethnography of which Jackson is one of the masters … This book defines an approach to anthropology that is resonant enough to challenge the leading models of our time.” - Arthur Kleinman

“Michael Jackson is possibly the most challenging writer in contemporary anthropology.  He is also potentially one of the most rewarding.  He consistently refuses to accept the conventions of anthropological writing.  Instead, Jackson takes us on a meandering and diverse path through his life experiences and significant relationships, through fieldwork he has done in Africa and Australia over the course of a rich career.”  - Don Seeman     

“In an era when mainstream academic writing has become so mired in sycophantic genuflection and heavy referencing as to have become virtually unreadable, this book offers a salutary reminder that the worth of a text is measured by the extent to which it is true to its author and to that of which he or she writes. That one of our number can write so well, and with such evident sincerity, should warm the hearts of all of us. I suspect, however, that so far as the majority of anthropological readers are concerned, Jackson is already preaching to the converted. It is really beyond anthropology that the book needs to be read, and where its persuasive power stands to have the greatest effect: in the badlands inhabited by positivist sociologists, cognitive neuroscientists, analytic philosophers, right-wing historians, and free-market economists, variably in the pay of corporate regimes and agencies of neoliberal propaganda. If it opens just a few closed minds, then it will have served its purpose.”  - Tim Ingold