By Andrew C. Willford
"Andrew Willford's Cage of Freedom provides us a provocative examine the compulsive and eruptive dimensions of ethno-religious and ethno-nationalist id within the Tamil enclaves of latest Malaysia. Drawing from psychoanalytic and phenomenological methods, Willford brings us head to head with 'the nation’s spirit' and 'the ethnic uncanny,' the aggravating dual apparitions that cloak the foundational vacancy of id. This publication reminds us that ethno-nationalist identification and beliefs have a haunting mental force."
—Kenneth M. George, Editor of Journal of Asian Studies, and Professor and Chair, division of Anthropology, college of Wisconsin-Madison
"Cage of Freedom is a very strong, uncommonly wealthy ethnography of the Tamil neighborhood in Malaysia, top-of-the-line ever ethnographies of this region ever written, dependent in thorough box examine and obviously trained by means of an attentive ear and an astute observational cognizance. We study a lot concerning the lives and reports, the hopes and fantasies of person Tamils . . . This booklet is an exemplary act of anthropological integrity; its insistence on interpreting, on interrogating the conclusions and perceptions that area people have approximately themselves is all too infrequent in anthropology at the present time. Willford could train scholars, once more, that the venture of anthropology is a serious one, a relentlessly wondering one."
—Rosalind C. Morris, Professor of Anthropology and affiliate Director for the heart for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University
—Danilyn Rutherford, division of Anthropology, college of Chicago
Andrew C. Willford is affiliate Professor of Anthropology and Asian reviews at Cornell University.
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Cage of Freedom: Tamil Identity and the Ethnic Fetish in Malaysia by Andrew C. Willford