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Anthropology Now and Next: Essays in Honor of Ulf Hannerz

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Anthropology Now and Next

Essays in Honor of Ulf Hannerz

Edited by Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Christina Garsten and Shalini Randeria

324 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-449-6 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (October 2014)

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“The chapters range over a fascinating territory of institutions and sites… {The volume] is very well titled, as it is at once a sort of retrospective and, more importantly, a future oriented study of what anthropology can and should become.”  ·  Anthropology Review Database

“The cosmopolitan anthropologist Ulf Hannerz has been engaged for forty years on a multi-site ethnography of the intricate web of relationships that he calls the global ecumene. To this ambitious, protean project he has brought remarkable erudition, the insights of the social sciences, and the style and sensibility of a humanist.”  ·  Adam Kuper, London School of Economics

“One of anthropology’s most prescient, capacious, and original thinkers, Hannerz is unique in his worldliness, his genial humanity. He has long epitomized the genius of his discipline to cast light on a culturally complex, translocal world.”  ·  Jean Comaroff, Harvard University

“This work provides an enormously valuable temporal perspective (in the double sense of both retrospects and prospects) on some key ideas from the very distinguished career of Ulf Hannerz. While all the chapters are clearly influenced by Hannerz, some of them push his seminal ideas in exciting new directions.”  ·  A. Jamie Saris, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

“The chapters bring to light the visionary work of Ulf Hannerz, not only presenting a set of thoughtful essays about current and future anthropological practice, but also highlight Hannerz's nuanced and visionary thinking, an event that in my view will be of deep disciplinary significance.”  ·  Paul Stoller, West Chester University


The scholarship of Ulf Hannerz is characterized by its extraordinary breadth and visionary nature. He has contributed to the understanding of urban life and transnational networks, and the role of media, paradoxes of identity and new forms of community, suggesting to see culture in terms of flows rather than as bounded entities. Contributions honor Hannerz’ legacy by addressing theoretical, epistemological, ethical and methodological challenges facing anthropological inquiry on topics from cultural diversity policies in Europe to transnational networks in Yemen, and from pottery and literature to multinational corporations.

Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. His research in complex societies ranges from identity politics to the cultural implications of new information technology, and he now studies local responses to global crises. His books include Ethnicity and Nationalism (1993/2010), Engaging Anthropology (2006) and Globalization: The Key Concepts (2007/2014).

Christina Garsten is Professor of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University and Professor of Globalization and Organization at Copenhagen Business School. She is also Chair of Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research. Her recent books include Transparency in a New Global Order (2008, co-edited with Monica Lindh de Montoya), and Organisational Anthropology (2013, co-edited with Anette Nyqvist).

Shalini Randeria is Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies. Her research addresses issues of changing contours of law, policy and governance; the interplay between international organizations; and the state and social movements in India. Her recent co-edited volumes include Border Crossings: Grenz- verschiebungen und Grenzüberschreitungen in einer globalisierten Welt, (2014) and Jenseits des Eurozentrisumus (2002/2013).

Subject: General Anthropology Theory & Methodology in Anthropology General Cultural Studies


Introduction: Ulf Hannerz and the Militant Middle Ground
Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Christina Garsten, and Shalini Randeria

Chapter 1. Divided by a Shared Destiny: An Anthropologist’s Notes from an Overheated World
Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Chapter 2.Juxtapositions: Social and Material Connectedness in a Pottery Community
Brian Moeran

Chapter 3. Connecting and Disconnecting: Intentionality, Anonymity, and Transnational Networks in Upper Yemen
Andre Gingrich

Chapter 4. Global Swirl at Dupont Circle: Think Tanks, Connectivity, and the Making of “The Global”
Christina Garsten

Chapter 5. Reflexivity Reloaded: From Anthropology of Intellectuals to Critique of Method to Studying Sideways
Dominic Boyer

Chapter 6. On Anthropologists and Other Cultural Interpreters
Thomas Blom Hansen

Chapter 7. Traveling between Knowledge Practices
Thomas Fillitz

Chapter 8. Anthropologist in the Irish Literary World: Reflexivity through Studying Sideways
Helena Wulff

Chapter 9. Reflections in and on The Hall of Mirrors
Gudrun Dahl

Chapter 10. On the Shores of Power: Cultural Diversity Turn, Cultural Policies, and the Location of Migrants
Ayse Caglar

Chapter 11. Emergent Concept Chains and Scenarios of Depoliticization: The Case of Global Governance as a Future Past
Ronald Stade

Chapter 12. Lusotopy as Ecumene
João De Pina-Cabral

Chapter 13. An Anthropologist of the World: Interview with Ulf Hannerz, September 2012
Dominic Boyer

Publications by Ulf Hannerz
Notes on Contributors

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