Marilyn Strathern’s ethnographic contributions to studies of personhood, kinship, gender relations and reproduction have achieved wide recognition in the field of anthropology. Her analytic devices, including her model of merographic connection, have had profound effects on anthropologists’ responses to the crisis of representation, especially for those who have drawn on the transformative and subversive capacities of her analytic thinking to conjure up the ethnographic present. However, to date there has been no volume that explicitly brings Strathern and queer analytics together over questions of knowledge and ontology.
This collection of original essays draws on the significance of Strathern’s work in respect of its potential for queer anthropological analysis. Utilising a range of ontological imaginings and subversions, the book explores how people might relate to queer object categories partially, merographically, or in terms of a sense of dissonance from signifier and self. The chapters examine the ways in which Strathern’s varied analytic devices facilitate the creation of alternative forms of anthropological thinking, as well as a greater understanding of how knowledge practices of queer objects, subjects and relations operate and take effect.
Queering Knowledge offers an innovative collection of writings, bringing about queer and anthropological syntheses through Strathern’s oeuvre. The ontological and epistemological questions that the book addresses will make it especially relevant to anthropologists engaged in queer theory, as well as scholars of gender studies, social and cultural anthropology, science and technology studies, social theory and cultural theory, research epistemology and methodology, and ethnography.
Introduction. Paul Boyce, EJ Gonzalez-Polledo and Silvia Posocco
Chapter 1. EJ 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 EJ Gonzalez-Polledo
Chapter 10. Henrietta Moore: How Exactly Are We Related?
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
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