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Other People's Anthropologies: Ethnographic Practice on the Margins

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Other People's Anthropologies

Ethnographic Practice on the Margins

Edited by Aleksandar BoŇ°kovic

254 pages, 2 illus., maps, index

ISBN  978-1-84545-398-5 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (March 2008)

ISBN  978-1-84545-702-0 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (March 2010)

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"A valuable resource for teaching and research alike, Other People’s Anthropologies rethinks canonical accounts of the discipline’s history."   ·  Anthropos

"The collection is a very welcome addition to the growing but still inadequate number of books and articles on world anthropologies. It is clearly written with concise chapters that give the reader a sense of the richness, diversity, commonalities and potentials of anthropology in the world today. Although the value goes beyond the classroom, this volume should be of interest particularly to those teaching anthropological theory who want to increase students’ awareness of the significant anthropological scholarship beyond the so-called ‘center’."  ·  Anthropology News

"At last! A volume that exposes the ethnocentric underbelly of Anglo-American anthropology. The practice and history of anthropology is far more interesting and engaging than most English-speakers know. This volume, combining reflective essays from prominent scholars and cutting-edge work by younger anthropologists will change the way many think of anthropology."  ·  Robert Gordon


Anthropological practice has been dominated by the so-called "great" traditions (Anglo-American, French, and German). However, processes of decolonization, along with critical interrogation of these dominant narratives, have led to greater visibility of what used to be seen as peripheral scholarship. With contributions from leading anthropologists and social scientists from different countries and anthropological traditions, this volume gives voice to scholars outside these "great" traditions. It shows the immense variety of methodologies, training, and approaches that scholars from these regions bring to anthropology and the social sciences in general, thus enriching the disciplines in important ways at an age marked by multiculturalism, globalization, and transnationalism.

Aleksandar Bošković is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences in Belgrade (Serbia) and Visiting Professor of Anthropology at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). His research areas include ethnicity and nationalism, popular culture, and he has also published widely on the history and theory of anthropology. In recent years, he published on anthropology in former Yugoslavia (Anthropology Today, 2005), Brazil (Dialectical Anthropology, 2005), South Africa (with Ilana van Wyk, Etnograficheskoe obozrenie, 2005), and "world anthropologies" (Anthropos, 2007). Bošković is the author or editor of several books, including, most recently, Myth, Politics, Ideology (Belgrade, 2006).

Subject: Theory and Methodology


List of Maps

Introduction: Other Peoples’ Anthropologies
Aleksandar Bošković and Thomas Hylland Eriksen

“Other” Anthropologies

Chapter 1. Russian Anthropology: Old Traditions and New Tendencies
A.M. Kuznetsov

Chapter 2. Anthropology in the Netherlands: Past, Present and Future
Han F. Vermeulen

Chapter 3. Sociocultural Anthropology in Bulgaria: Desired and Contested
Magdalena Elchinova

Chapter 4. Refacing Mt. Kenya or Excavating the Rift Valley? Anthropology in Kenya and the Question of Tradition
Mwenda Ntarangwi

Chapter 5. Anthropology in Turkey: Impressions for an Overview
Zerrin G. Tandoğan

Chapter 6. Committed or Scientific? The Southern whereabouts of Social Anthropology and Antropología Social in 1960s to 1970s Argentina
Rosana Guber

Chapter 7. Themes and Legacies: Anthropology’s Trajectories in Cameroon
Jude Fokwang

Chapter 8. Japanese Anthropology and Desire for the West
Kaori Sugishita

Chapter 9. Anthropology in Unlikely Places: Yugoslav Ethnology Between the Past and the Future
Aleksandar Bošković

Chapter 10. The Otherness of Norwegian Anthropology
Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Chapter 11. Anthropology with no Guilt—A View from Brazil
Mariza Peirano

Postscript: Developments in US Anthropology Since the 1980s, a Supplement: The Reality of Center-Margin Relations, To Be Sure, But Changing (and Hopeful) Affinities in These Relations
George E. Marcus

Afterword: Anthropology’s Global Ecumene
Ulf Hannerz

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