Queering Knowledge: Analytics, Devices, and Investments after Marilyn Strathern, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Queering Knowledge

Analytics, Devices, and Investments after Marilyn Strathern, 1st Edition

Edited by Paul Boyce, E.J. Gonzalez-Polledo, Silvia Posocco


208 pages

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This volume draws on the significance of the work of Marilyn Strathern in respect of its potential to queer anthropological analysis and to foster the reimagining of the object of anthropology.

The authors examine the ways in which Strathern’s varied analytics facilitate the construction of alternative forms of anthropological thinking, and greater understanding of how knowledge practices of queer objects, subjects and relations operate and take effect.

Queering Knowledge offers an innovative collection of writing, bringing about queer and anthropological syntheses through Strathern’s oeuvre. It will be relevant to scholars from anthropology as well as a number of other disciplines, including gender, sexuality and queer studies.


“As one of the world’s most influential (and generous) anthropologists, Marilyn Strathern has made major contributions to our understanding of gender and knowledge. The contributors to this stellar volume extend Strathern’s thought into queer anthropology in a range of insightful ways, challenging the reduction of ‘queer’ to antinormativity or sexual diversity. In keeping with Strathern’s own approach, each chapter weaves together anthropological theory and ethnographic data to provide a new vision of ‘queer anthropology’ itself.”

- Tom Boellstorff, University of California, Irvine

Queering Knowledge offers a radical and refreshing sideways look at both anthropology and queer theory. The book draws on Strathern’s work to queer queer, most particularly through her concepts of the merographic, the post-plural, and scale. Through a range of ethnographic and theoretical approaches, the essays move beyond the core queer foci of subjects and identities and into queer kinship, geopolitics, a reworking of gender and feminist interventions, and a queering of ethnography. This is a timely critical analysis of how knowledge is generated; it is a welcome addition to both anthropological and queer theory; it also provides important fresh reflections on the contemporary politics of post-plural life.”

- Sarah Green, University of Helsinki

Table of Contents

List of contributors


Introduction. Paul Boyce, E.J. Gonzalez-Polledo and Silvia Posocco

Chapter 1. E.J. Gonzalez-Polledo: Wild Gender

Chapter 2. Irene Peano: The (Im)possibilities of Transgression, or, Reflections on the Awkward Relation between Strathern and Queer Politics

Chapter 3. Antu Sorainen: Gay Back Alley Tolstoys and Inheritance Perspectives: Re-Imagining Kinship in Queer Margins

Chapter 4. Hadley Renkin: Partial Perversity and Perverse Partiality in Postsocialist Hungary

Chapter 5. Paul Boyce: Properties, Substance, Queer Affects: Ethnographic Perspective and HIV in India

Chapter 6. Hoon Song: Prefigured "Defection" in Korea

Chapter 7. Silvia Posocco: Postplurality: An Ethnographic Tableau

Chapter 8. Annelin Eriksen and Christine M. Jacobsen: On Feminist Critique and How the

Ontological Turn is Queering Anthropology

Chapter 9. Conceptuality in Relation: Sarah Franklin in conversation with Silvia Posocco, Paul Boyce, and E.J. Gonzalez-Polledo

Chapter 10. Henrietta L. Moore: How Exactly Are We Related?



About the Editors

Paul Boyce is Senior Lecturer in the Anthropology and International Development at the University of Sussex, UK. He works at intersections of anthropological theory and global health research and is currently preparing a monograph – Sexualities, HIV and Ethnograpghy: Sexual Worldings and Queer Misrecognitions in India. His recent co-edited book is entitled Researching Sex and Sexualities.

E.J. Gonzalez-Polledo is a lecturer in the Anthropology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. Gonzalez-Polledo’s research interests encompass gender transition; health, the biosciences and biosociality; and digital infrastructures. Gonzalez-Polledo is currently developing two major research projects on synthetic biology and biohacking, and forensic bioinformation.

Silvia Posocco is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, UK. Posocco’s research focuses on gender, sexuality, violence, life and death. Current projects include a monograph on transnational adoptions circuits in the aftermath of war in Guatemala and new research on forensic biorepositories, bioinformation and evidence.

About the Series

Theorizing Ethnography

Concept, Context, Critique

The Theorizing Ethnography book series seeks to reorient ethnographic engagements across disciplines, methods and ways of knowing. By focusing on ethnography as a point of tension between abstract thinking and situated life-worlds, the series promotes ethnographic method and writing as an analytical form that is always partial, open-ended and epistemologically querying.

Theorizing Ethnography employs 'concept', 'context' and 'critique' as devices to stimulate creative ethnographic thinking that transects lines of analysis and location. We publish work that reaches beyond academic, political and life-world divisions, and as such the series fosters contributions from across socially and critically engaged fields of practice. We welcome proposals for single-authored and multi-authored full-length monographs, as well as high quality edited volumes of disciplinary and trans-disciplinary resonance.

Possible themes include:
• The politics of knowledge, cultures of classification and borders of being
• Traffic in situated forms of knowledge and meta-theory
• Nature-cultures, emergent ecologies, and interspecies thinking
• Subjectivities, desires, and aspirations
• Materiality, infrastructures, futures
• Relations, sedimentation, emergence
• Queer, feminist, decolonial and otherwise critical ethnographies


Elisabeth L. Engebretsen: [email protected]
E.J. Gonzalez-Polledo: [email protected]
Silvia Posocco: [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General