Michael Taussig

Michael Taussig is an anthropologist known for his interesting ethnographic studies and commitment to writing. He was born in Australia in 1940 where he studied medicine and later earned a Ph.D. in sociology at the London School of Economics. He is currently professor of anthropology at Columbia University in New York and his works include theatre pieces on the sea and also the sun (Berlin Sun Theater: The Mastery of Non-Mastery, Whitney Museum of American Art, 2013) as well as several books such as The Corn Wolf (2015), Beauty and the Beast (2012), Law in a Lawless Land, Walter Benjamin's Grave (2006), My Cocaine Museum (2004), Defacement: Public Secrecy and the Labor of the Negative (1999), The Magic of the State (1997), The Nervous System (1992), Shamanism, Colonialism, and the Wild Man (1987), The Devil and Commodity Fetishism (1980).

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