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After Difference: Queer Activism in Italy and Anthropological Theory

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Volume 6

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After Difference

Queer Activism in Italy and Anthropological Theory

Paolo Heywood

180 pages, 3 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-786-4 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Published (February 2018)

eISBN 978-1-78533-787-1 eBook

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“[This book] serves as an argument for the explicit recognition of the multiplicity of potential differences between anthropology and ethnography and explains how these can exist in tandem, while some equivocal notion of anthropology endures.” • Anthropology News

“Genuinely remarkable… There’s almost nothing quite this lucidly philosophical, conceptually and politically provocative, and deeply ethnographic in recent work… An intellectual treat with few competitors.” · Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University


Queer activism and anthropology are both fundamentally concerned with the concept of difference. Yet they are so in fundamentally different ways. The Italian queer activists in this book value difference as something that must be produced, in opposition to the identity politics they find around them. Conversely, anthropologists find difference in the world around them, and seek to produce an identity between anthropological theory and the ethnographic material it elucidates. This book describes problems faced by an activist "politics of difference," and issues concerning the identity of anthropological reflection itself—connecting two conceptions of difference whilst simultaneously holding them apart.

Paolo Heywood is an Affiliated Lecturer and Research Associate at the Division of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, and a Junior Research Fellow at Homerton College, Cambridge.

Subject: Theory & Methodology in Anthropology General Anthropology Gender Studies
Area: Southern Europe


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Chapter 1. Equivocal Locations
Chapter 2. The Anthropology of (Double) Morality


Chapter 3. Agreeing to Disagree
Chapter 4. Different Differences


Chapter 5. Why Will Recursivity Run Out of Steam?
Chapter 6. Making Difference



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