Inspired by the work of world-renowned anthropologist Marilyn Strathern, this collection of essays features contributions from a range of internationally recognized scholars – including Strathern herself – which examine a range of methodologies and approaches to the anthropology of knowledge.The book investigates the production of knowledge through a variety of themes, centered on the question of the researcher’s obligations and the requirements of knowledge. These range from the obligation to connect with local culture and existing anthropological knowledge, to the need to draw conclusions and circulate what has been learned. Taking up themes that are relevant for anthropology as a whole – particularly the topic of knowledge and the ethics of knowing others, as well as the notion of the local in a global world – Knowledge and Ethics in Anthropology is key reading for students and scholars alike. A thorough introduction to the key concepts and terms used in Strathern’s work is provided, making this a fantastic resource for anyone encountering her work for the first time.
Table of Contents
Introduction1. Obligations and Requirements: The Contexts of Knowledge - Lisette Josephides, Queen’s University Belfast, UKPart One: Epistemology, Subjectivity and the Ethics of Knowing Others2. Together We Are Two: The Disjunctive Synthesis in Affirmative Mode - Lisette Josephides, Queen’s University Belfast, UK3. Desire, Agency and Subjectivity: A Renewal of Theoretical Thinking - Henrietta L. Moore, Cambridge University, UK4. Apologetics of an Apology and an Apologia - Andrew Moutu, Director of PNG Museum and Art Gallery, Papua New GuineaPart Two: Persons, Sociality, and Value: Partibility as Sacrifice, Consumption and Investment 5. Partible Personhood and Sacrifice in Melanesian Christianity: The New Melanesian Ethnography and the Paradox of Contemporary Religious Efflorescence - Mark Mosko, Australian National University, Australia6. Priceless Value: From No Money on Our Skins to a Moral Economy of Investment - Karen Sykes, University of Manchester, UKPart Three: Mobilizing Power and Belonging: The Local in a Global World7. 'Cutting the Network': Mobilisations of Ethnicity/Appropriations of Power in Multinational Corporations - Mitchell W Sedgwick, Oxford Brookes, UK8. 'Real Britons': Idiom and Injunctions of Belonging for a Cosmopolitan Society - Nigel Rapport, University of St Andrews, UKPart Four: Knowledge Exchange and the Creativity of Relationships / Contextualizing and Recontextualizing Knowledge9. Dialogue: Between Marilyn Strathern, University of Durham, UK, Nigel Rapport, University of St Andrews, UK, and Lisette Josephides, Queen’s University Belfast, UKBibliographyIndex
Lisette Josephides is Professor of Anthropology at Queen's University Belfast, UK.