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SOCIALITY

New Directions

Edited by Nicholas J. Long and Henrietta L. Moore

228 pages, 10 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-0-85745-789-9 $120.00/£75.00 Hb Published (December 2012)

ISBN  978-1-78238-666-7 $29.95/£18.50 Pb Published (September 2014)

eISBN 978-0-85745-790-5 eBook


Hb Pb
 

"An ambitious book that aims to put both the concept and changing empirical status of sociality at the center of the agenda of anthropology and the social sciences more broadly… The contributions are all at a high level."  ·  Webb Keane, University of Michigan

The notion of 'sociality' is now widely used within the social sciences and humanities. However, what is meant by the term varies radically, and the contributors here, through compelling and wide ranging essays, identify the strengths and weaknesses of current definitions and their deployment in the social sciences. By developing their own rigorous and innovative theory of human sociality, they re-set the framework of the debate and open up new possibilities for conceptualizing other forms of sociality, such as that of animals or materials. Cases from Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe explore the new directions of human sociality, illuminating how and why it is transformed when human beings engage with such major issues as economic downturn, climate change, new regimes of occupational and psychological therapy, technological innovations in robotics and the creation of new online, 'virtual' environments. This book is an invaluable resource, not only for research and teaching, but for anyone interested in the question of what makes us social.

Nicholas J. Long is Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of Being Malay in Indonesia (NUS/NIAS/University of Hawai’i Press, 2013) and the co-editor of Southeast Asian Perspectives on Power (Routledge, 2012) and The Social Life of Achievement (Berghahn Books, 2013).

Henrietta L. Moore is Director Institute for Global Prosperity, University College London where she is also Chair of Culture, Philosophy and Design. Among her recent books is Still Life: Hopes, Desires and Satisfactions (Polity Press, 2011).

Series: Volume 1, WYSE Series in Social Anthropology


LC: GN316.S63 2012

BL: YC.2013.a.13960

BISAC: SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural; SOC019000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Methodology

BIC: JHM Anthropology



Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Acknowledgements

Chapter 1. Introduction: sociality’s new directions
Nicholas J. Long & Henrietta L. Moore

Chapter 2. Avatars and robots: the imaginary present and the socialities of the inorganic
Henrietta L. Moore

Chapter 3. Imagining the world that warrants our imagination – the revelation of ontogeny
Christina Toren

Chapter 4. Sociality and its dangers: witchcraft, intimacy and trust
Peter Geschiere

Chapter 5. Group belonging in trade unions: idioms of sociality in Bolivia and Argentina
Sian Lazar

Chapter 6. Utopian sociality. Online
Nicholas J. Long

Chpater 7. A sociality of, and beyond, ‘my-home’ in post-corporate Japan
Anne Allison

Chapter 8. Actants amassing (AA)
Adam Yuet Chau

Chapter 9. Doing, being and becoming: the sociality of children with autism in activities with therapy dogs and other people
Olga Solomon

Chapter 10. Materials and sociality
Susanne Küchler

Chapter 11. The art of slow sociality: movement, aesthetics and shared understanding
Jo Vergunst & Anna Vermehren

Index

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