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Ocasiao: The Marquis and the Anthropologist,…

Ocasiao: The Marquis and the Anthropologist, A Collaboration

by George E. Marcus

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A fascinating look into the cultural conditions and historical situation of late 20th century Portuguese aristocracy, as related largely through a series of emails between a leading member of the aristocracy actively engaged in a critical consideration of the role of the aristocracy in general (as well as his own particular role and legacy), and a leading American professor of anthropology, who is seeking to create a new(ish) kind of ethnographic study of this group. Surprisingly engaging; at times reads almost like a novel, thanks largely to the remarkable character of the Marquis (Fernando Mascarenhas) and the even more remarkable candor he displays in examining his life. ( )
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Distinguished anthropologist George Marcus and his co-author Fernando Mascarenhas engage in a new experiment in anthropological writing. Ocasião reveals the key relationship between anthropologist and subject through the letters and commentaries exchanged between Marcus and Mascarenhas, Marques of Fronteira and Alorna in Portugal. The authors discuss the persistence and survival of the contemporary Portuguese nobility, who serve as witnesses to important transitions in modern Portuguese history. The epistolary form is the medium of this innovative ethnography, and will stimulate a new critique of ethnographic genres, originating in the work of James Clifford and Marcus in Writing Culture. This new book will appeal to readers concerned with anthropological methods and fieldwork; the anthropology of elites, and a diverse European and American community of scholars interested in Portuguese culture.

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