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The Composition of Anthropology

How Anthropological Texts Are Written, 1st Edition

Edited by Morten Nielsen, Nigel Rapport


202 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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How do anthropologists write their texts? What is the nature of creativity in the discipline of anthropology? This book follows anthropologists into spaces where words, ideas and arguments take shape and explores the steps in a creative process. In a unique examination of how texts come to be composed, the editors bring together a distinguished group of anthropologists who offer valuable insight into their writing habits. These reflexive glimpses into personal creativity reveal not only the processes by which theory and ethnography come, in particular cases, to be represented on the page but also supply examples that students may follow or adapt.

Table of Contents

Introduction: On the Genealogy of Writing Anthropology Morten Nielsen and Nigel Rapport

1. The Life of Concepts and How They Speak to Experience Veena Das

2. Ten Preludes to a Preface Kirin Narayan

3. Writing against conclusion Nina Holm Vohnsen

4. Composing texts and the composition of uprisings: Notes on writing the postcolonial political Bjørn Enge Bertelsen

5. Public Ritual in Mauritius Thomas Hylland Eriksen

6. Writing Whalsay: Reflections on how, why, and for who anthropologists write Anthony Cohen

7. Writing a Cosmopolitan Anthropology in Recognition of Anyone Nigel Rapport

8. Diversifying from Within: Diaspora writings in Sweden Helena Wulff

9. Dialogic Aesthetics: Notes and nodes in analogical software coding Morten Nielsen

10. Composing American stiob Dominic Boyer

11. In the Workshop: Anthropology in a Collaborative Zone of Inquiry Anthony Stavrianakis, Paul Rabinow and Trine Mygind Korsby

Epilogue: Writing the Human: Anthropological accounts as generic fragments Nigel Rapport and Morten Nielsen

About the Editors

Morten Nielsen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Nigel Rapport is Professor of Anthropological and Philosophical Studies in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, UK.

Subject Categories

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