By John Hutnyk
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Here he means that the eastward movement of Russian fur traders towards California, collecting merchandise to exchange for tea in China, makes ‘renewed sense’. What does it ‘prefigure’? qxd 5/8/04 10:46 PM Page 39 Fort Ross Mystifications 39 border becomes ever more porous’ (1997:303). Clifford will return to this scene again and again: discussing the trade in sea-otter pelts he is reminded of the ‘overwhelming Chinese demand for exotic goods’ in past centuries that returns today and ‘Asia feels nearby again.
And what does the contemporary fascination with the travelling histories of commodities signify when Marxist analysis is trivialised and twisted into misrecognition by West Coast professors rejecting pessimism but applauding uncertainty in the place where analysis might be preferred? It is not my intention to answer all these questions, but to raise them as a framework for critical evaluation of what Clifford is trying to do. * * * Given a propensity for drawing upon signifying conjunctions and traffic in theory on Clifford’s part, I also want to point to certain connections.
Annette Weiner, who also did her fieldwork on Kiriwina in the Trobriands, says ‘No other ethnography has had a more lasting impact’ (Weiner 1988:140), and it has never been out of print. qxd 5/8/04 10:45 PM Page 26 26 Bad Marxism structures the book (Hutnyk 1988:46). 1922). The influence of Malinowski’s Trobriand text has travelled in many directions and justice could not be done in a single essay to the disciplinary ramifications alone, leaving aside the political, social, economic and psychological consequences of the work’s itinerary.
Bad Marxism: Capitalism and Cultural Studies by John Hutnyk