Recasting Anthropological Knowledge

Recasting Anthropological Knowledge : Inspiration and Social Science

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This collection of original essays provides an innovative and multifaceted reflection on the impact and inspiration of the scholarship of eminent anthropologist Marilyn Strathern. A distinguished team of international contributors, all former students of Strathern, reflect on the impact of their relationship with their teacher and address the wider conceptual contribution of her work through their own writings. The essays provide an accessible entry into Strathern's scholarship for those new to her work and a rich source of material which mobilises and deploys her concepts, including new ethnographic examples and discussion of contemporary political issues, for those more familiar with her scholarship. The result is a collection that dissects, contextualises and reroutes concepts of relationality, inspiration and knowledge in novel and unpredictable ways. Recasting Anthropological Knowledge will prove invaluable to all students of anthropology and will be of interest to scholars across the social sciences.
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Product details

  • Electronic book text | 296 pages
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 b/w illus.
  • 1139142887
  • 9781139142885

Table of contents

1. Introduction: on recombinant knowledge and debts that inspire Jeanette Edwards and Maja Petrovic-Steger; 2. Writing the parallax gap: an itinerary Debbora Battaglia; 3. Too big to fail Annelise Riles; 4. 'Hybrid custom' and legal description in Papua New Guinea Melissa Demian; 5. Entomological extensions: model huts and fieldworks Ann Kelly; 6. Kinship and the core house: contested ideas of family and place in a Ghanaian resettlement township Thomas Yarrow; 7. Invisible families: imagining relations in families based on same-sex partnerships Aivita Putnina; 8. Knowledge in a critical mode: feminist expertise in design and planning Eeva Berglund; 9. Spools, loops and traces: on etoy encapsulation and three portraits of Marilyn Strathern Maja Petrovic-Steger; 10. Inspiring Strathern Adam Reed.
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About Jeanette Edwards

Jeanette Edwards is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. Maja Petrovic-Steger is a Junior Research Fellow in Social Anthropology at Peterhouse, Cambridge.
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Review quote

'... this compilation of papers by her former Ph.D students indicates both the immense applicability of the key concepts and theoretical insights of Strathern, as well as the remarkable range of topics to which this anthropological knowledge may be applied.' Anthropological Notebooks
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