Dignity for the voiceless: Willem Assies's anthropological work in context

Ton Salman*, Salvador Martí i. Puig, Gemma Van Der Haar

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Abstract

Willem Assies died in 2010 at the age of 55. The various stages of his career as a political anthropologist of Latin American illustrate how astute a researcher he was. He had a keen eye for the contradictions he observed during his fieldwork but also enjoyed theoretical debate. A distrust of power led him not only to attempt to understand "people without voice" but to work alongside them so they could discover and find their own voice. Willem Assies explored the messy, often untidy daily lives of people, with their inconsistencies, irrationalities, and passions, but also with their hopes, sense of beauty, solidarity, and quest for dignity. This collection brings together some of Willem Assies's best, most fascinating, and still highly relevant writings.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherBerghahn Books
Number of pages334
Volume103
ISBN (Electronic)9781782382935
ISBN (Print)9781782382928
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2014

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