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Living in the Stone Age


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Danilyn Rutherford is president of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. Previously she was associate professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago and professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of Raiding the Land of the Foreigners and Laughing at Leviathan.


"Living in the Stone Age is a deeply thoughtful and refreshingly programmatic book about the experience of empire and its fantasies and sympathies. Rutherford offers a subtle, close-up sense of the everyday experience, imperial fantasies, and agonistic assertions of sovereignty during the Dutch colony's closing decades. Extremely well crafted and written in an accessible, engaging style, this book makes for a fascinating and essential read for anyone interested in sovereignty, colonialism, anthropology, or Southeast Asian studies."--Patricia Spyer, The Graduate Institute, Geneva "In this eloquent book, Rutherford brings big questions and big historical contexts to a neglected archive of early interactions in western New Guinea at the end of the Dutch Empire. Living in the Stone Age conveys complex arguments through lively, conversational, and succinct writing. This book is a major contribution to West Papuan studies, and to understanding the enduring, pernicious historical constraints that the category 'Stone Age' imposes on any people associated with it."--Rupert Stasch, University of Cambridge

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