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Methodology & History in Anthropology



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Who are “We”?

Reimagining Alterity and Affinity in Anthropology

Edited by Liana Chua and Nayanika Mathur

242 pages, 10 illus., bibliog., index

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“[This volume] raises awareness about existing inequalities in knowledge production, and at the same time contributes to the theoretical discussions on knowledge production in anthropology.” · Michal Buchowski, Adam Mickiewicz University

Description

Who do ‘we’ anthropologists think ‘we’ are? And how do forms and notions of collective disciplinary identity shape the way we think, write and do anthropology? This volume explores how the anthropological ‘we’ has been construed, transformed and deployed across history and the global anthropological landscape. Drawing together both reflections and ethnographic case studies, it interrogates the critical – yet poorly studied – roles played by myriad anthropological ‘we’s in generating and influencing anthropological theory, method and analysis. In the process, new spaces are opened for reimagining who ‘we’ are—and what ‘we’, and indeed anthropology, could become.

Liana Chua is Lecturer in Anthropology at Brunel University, London. She works on Christianity, ethnic politics, resettlement, development and, more recently, orangutan conservation in Borneo. Her publications include The Christianity of Culture (Palgrave, 2012) and co-edited volumes on anthropological evidence, power in Southeast Asia and Alfred Gell’s theory of art.

Nayanika Mathur is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Sussex University. She has studied at the Universities of Delhi and Cambridge and has held research fellowships awarded by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust. Her book, Paper Tiger: Law, Bureaucracy and the Developmental State in Himalayan India, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

Subject: General Anthropology Theory & Methodology in Anthropology



Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgements

Introduction
Liana Chua and Nayanika Mathur

PART I: REVISITING THE ANTHROPOLOGICAL 'WE'

Chapter 1. Anthropology at the Dawn of Apartheid: Radcliffe-Brown and Malinowski’s South African Engagements, 1919-1934
Isak Niehaus

Chapter 2. The Savage Noble: Alterity and Aristocracy in Anthropology
David Sneath

PART II: ALTERITY AND AFFINITY IN ANTHROPOLOGY'S GLOBAL LANDSCAPE

Chapter 3. The Anthropological Imaginarium: Crafting Alterity, the Self, and an Ethnographic Film in Southwest China
Katherine Swancutt

Chapter 4. The Risks of Affinity: Indigeneity and Indigenous Film Production in Bolivia
Gabriela Zamorano Villarreal

Chapter 5. Shifting the “We” in Oceania:  Anthropology and Pacific Islanders Revisited
Ty P. Kāwika Tengan

PART III: WHERE DO 'WE' GO FROM HERE?

Chapter 6. Crafting Anthropology Otherwise: Alterity, Affinity, and Performance
Gey Pin Ang and Caroline Gatt

Chapter 7. Towards an Ecumenical Anthropology
João de Pina-Cabral

Afterword
Mwenda Ntarangwi

Bibliography
Index

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