9780804732000-0804732000-Defacement: Public Secrecy and the Labor of the Negative

Defacement: Public Secrecy and the Labor of the Negative

ISBN-13: 9780804732000
ISBN-10: 0804732000
Edition: 1
Author: Taussig, Michael
Publication date: 1999
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Format: Paperback 325 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780804732000
ISBN-10: 0804732000
Edition: 1
Author: Taussig, Michael
Publication date: 1999
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Format: Paperback 325 pages

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Acknowledged authors Taussig, Michael wrote Defacement: Public Secrecy and the Labor of the Negative comprising 325 pages back in 1999. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0804732000 and 9780804732000. Since then Defacement: Public Secrecy and the Labor of the Negative textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Defacement asks what happens when something precious is despoiled. It begins with the notion that such activity is attractive in its very repulsion, and that it creates something sacred even in the most secular of societies and circumstances. In specifying the human face as the ideal type for thinking through such violation, this book raises the issue of secrecy as the depth that seems to surface with the tearing of surface. This surfacing is made all the more subtle and ingenious, not to mention everyday, by the deliberately partial exposures involved in "the public secret"―defined as what is generally known but, for one reason or another, cannot easily be articulated. Arguing that this sort of knowledge ("knowing what not to know") is the most powerful form of social knowledge, Taussig works with ideas and motifs from Nietzsche, William Burroughs, Elias Canetti, Georges Bataille, and the ethnography of unmasking in so-called primitive societies in order to extend his earlier work on mimesis and transgression. Underlying his concern with defacement and the public secret is the search for a mode of truth telling that unmasks, but only to reenchant, thereby underlining Walter Benjamin's notion that "truth is not a matter of exposure of the secret, but a revelation that does justice to it."
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