1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

George Mentore

Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of Sussex 1984

Brooks Hall, 307

434-924-7038

The disciplinary effects of anthropology have over the years gradually framed and reframed my current research interests.  They have done so as the hard-won legitimacies to speak and to write about the cultural forces contributing to the presence of human socialities in the Antilles and Amazonia.

During my time as a student at the London School of Economics and Political Science, their anthropology favored Structural-Marxism when it seemed the most likely theoretical paradigm to succeed.  Today, however, perhaps with greater vigor, I animadvert more about the differences between observing, interpreting, and describing the lived experiences of individuals in their various social worlds.

Mentore Field WorkIf I were to admit to any formal category from which I now teach and research, I think it would have to be that commonly referred to as “Philosophical Anthropology.”  My theoretical concerns have indeed been depicted as stemming from a subaltern consciousness, yet I intend neither to interrogate the scientific specificity of the anthropological project nor to place judgment upon its Euro-American emphasis.  Rather, I would like to site the interpretative limits of the project and, from there, embrace -- rather than evade -- the anthropological difficulties compromising humanistic descriptions of the fabulously different ways people live their lives.

I am also the editor in chief for Anthropology and Humanism.

Click here to view my complete list of publications and CV.

Specializations

Amerindian and Caribbean studies, the anthropology of knowledge, the anthropology of power, and the anthropology of emotion.

Department Faculty

Allison Alexy
Assistant Professor
Ira Bashkow
Associate Professor
Frederick H. Damon
Professor
Eve Danziger
Associate Professor; Affiliated Faculty: Linguistics Program; Cognitive Science Program
Lise Dobrin
Associate Professor & Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics
Carrie Douglass
Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies
Gertrude Fraser
Associate Professor & Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
Richard Handler
Professor & Director of Global Development Studies Program
Jeffrey L. Hantman
Associate Professor
James Igoe
Associate Professor
Ravindra Khare
Professor & Director of the Center on Critical Human Survival Issues
Adria LaViolette
Associate Professor
Daniel Lefkowitz
Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
Susan McKinnon
Professor & Chair
George Mentore
Associate Professor
Peter Metcalf
Professor
Rachel Most
Professor & College of Arts and Sciences Assistant Dean
Fraser D. Neiman
Lecturer
Stephen Plog
David A. Harrison Professor of Archaeology
John Shepherd
Associate Professor
Edith Turner
Lecturer
Roy Wagner
Professor
Patricia Wattenmaker
Associate Professor
Kath Weston
Professor