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Approaches to Social Inequality and Difference

Critical Anthropological Engagements in Human Alterity and Difference

Editors: Bertelsen, Bjørn Enge, Bendixsen, Synnøve (Eds.)

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  • First anthology to assess the "ontological turn" in anthropology 
  • Brings together a range of empirical contexts spanning India, Brazil, Norway, Peru, Indonesia, and the Philippines
  • Features distinguished scholars in the field of social anthropology  
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About this book

This book explores how one measures and analyzes human alterity and difference in an interconnected and ever-globalizing world. This book critically assesses the impact of what has often been dubbed ‘the ontological turn’ within anthropology in order to provide some answers to these questions. In doing so, the book explores the turn’s empirical and theoretical limits, accomplishments, and potential. The book distinguishes between three central strands of the ontological turn, namely worldviews, materialities, and politics. It presents empirically rich case studies, which help to elaborate on the potentiality and challenges which the ontological turn’s perspectives and approaches may have to offer.

About the authors

Bjørn Enge Bertelsen is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, Norway. 
Synnøve Bendixsen is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, Norway, and Head of International Migration and Ethnic Relations at Uni Research Rokkansenteret, Norway. 

Reviews

“‘The ontological turn’ has been celebrated as a Copernican revolution and a full realisation of the critical potentials of anthropology, but it is simultaneously being dismissed as a kind of ahistorical, misguided, self-defeating narcissism. This excellent volume is something of a landmark in that it avoids polarisation in its nuanced discussions of the possible implications of ‘ontology’ for anthropology, encouraging their readers to expand their intellectual horizons rather than patrolling the borders.” (Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of Oslo, Norway)

“This volume is, as it were, an ‘ontology of the ontological turn’ in a time when we are discussing what, indeed, ontology offers anthropology: is it a methodology, a heuristics, a theory, a philosophy—everything, or actually none of the above? Bertelsen and Bendixsen tackle this issue head on, choosing one specific angle: the classic, foundational concepts of alterity and difference and perform a grounded discussion of some of the main protagonists of the turn.” (Ruy Llera Blanes, Institute of Heritage Sciences, Spain)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Recalibrating Alterity, Difference, Ontology: Anthropological Engagements with Human and Non-Human Worlds

    Bertelsen, Bjørn Enge (et al.)

    Pages 1-40

  • The Relationality of Species in Chewong Animistic Ontology

    Howell, Signe

    Pages 43-63

  • Alterity, Predation, and Questions of Representation: The Problem of the Kharisiri in the Andes

    Ødegaard, Cecilie Vindal

    Pages 65-87

  • False Prophets? Ontological Conflicts and Religion-Making in an Indonesian Court

    Telle, Kari

    Pages 89-111

  • Chronically Unstable Ontology: Ontological Dynamics, Radical Alterity, and the “Otherwise Within”

    Remme, Jon Henrik Ziegler

    Pages 113-133

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Critical Anthropological Engagements in Human Alterity and Difference
Editors
  • Bjørn Enge Bertelsen
  • Synnøve Bendixsen
Series Title
Approaches to Social Inequality and Difference
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-40475-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-40475-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-40474-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82112-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 312
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