On Edge: Ethnographies and Theories of Threshold Phenomena

On Edge: Ethnographies and Theories of Threshold Phenomena

This series seeks to explore the circumstances that compel subjects, life-forms, and material things to reimagine, redefine and reorder their existence at the edge of experience and social orders. Concerned with the ever-present but often unarticulated doubt embedded in everyday life and based on a metaphysics of emergence, novelty and creativity as forces in their own right, it welcomes anthropological and trans-disciplinary studies of transformations and threshold phenomena, such as crises, disasters and catastrophes, deaths and births, sexualities, rituals of transition, and social movements.

With attention to phenomena that lie beyond the reach of everyday experience, whether these be life forms such as bacteria, material processes such as rusting, or the uncanny dimensions of the cultural and social, On Edge: Ethnographies and Theories of Threshold Phenomena encourages studies that develop innovative methodologies, including those informed by post-humanist perspectives, and seeks to make space for inventive and experimental projects.


Mark Graham is Head of the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Stockholm, Sweden. He is the author of Anthropological Explorations in Queer Theory.

Elisabeth Lund Engebretsen is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo, Norway. She is the author of Queer Women in Urban China: An Ethnography and co-editor of Queer/Tongzhi China: New Perspectives on Research, Activism and Media Cultures.

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    Paperback – 2019-01-31
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    On Edge: Ethnographies and Theories of Threshold Phenomena