A new and often controversial theoretical orientation that resonates strongly with wider developments in contemporary philosophy and social theory, the so-called 'ontological turn' is receiving a great deal of attention in anthropology and cognate disciplines at present. This book provides the first anthropological exposition of this recent intellectual development. It traces the roots of the ontological turn in the history of anthropology and elucidates its emergence as a distinct theoretical orientation over the past few decades, showing how it has emerged in the work of Roy Wagner, Marilyn Strathern and Viveiros de Castro, as well a number of younger scholars. Distinguishing this trajectory of thinking from related attempts to put questions of ontology at the heart of anthropological research, the book articulates critically the key methodological and theoretical tenets of the ontological turn, its prime epistemological and political implications, and locates it in the broader intellectual landscape of contemporary social theory.Read more
- Offers the first overview of the ontological turn in anthropology
- Provides an intellectual genealogy of the traffic in ideas between the three main national anthropological traditions over the last 3-4 decades
- Engages with most important critiques made of the ontological turn, and how one might respond to them
- Sketches the framework for future theoretical and methodological developments
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- Date Published: March 2017
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107503946
- length: 352 pages
- dimensions: 258 x 150 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.58kg
- contains: 6 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: the ontological turn in anthropology
1. Other ontological turns
2. Analogic anthropology: Wagner's inventions and obviations
3. Relational ethnography: Strathern's comparisons and scales
4. Natural relativism: Viveiros de Castro's perspectivism and multinaturalism
5. Things as concepts
6. After the relation
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