Thinking Through Things

Theorising Artefacts Ethnographically

Edited by Amiria Henare, Martin Holbraad, Sari Wastell

© 2006 – Routledge

242 pages

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pub: 2006-11-30
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About the Book

Drawing upon the work of some of the most influential theorists in the field, Thinking Through Things demonstrates the quiet revolution growing in anthropology and its related disciplines, shifting its philosophical foundations. The first text to offer a direct and provocative challenge to disciplinary fragmentation - arguing for the futility of segregating the study of artefacts and society - this collection expands on the concerns about the place of objects and materiality in analytical strategies, and the obligation of ethnographers to question their assumptions and approaches.

The team of leading contributors put forward a positive programme for future research in this highly original and invaluable guide to recent developments in mainstream anthropological theory.

Table of Contents

1. Thinking through things 2. ‘Smuk is king’: the action of cigarettes in a Papua New Guinea Prison 3. Taonga Maori: encompassing rights and property in New Zealand 4. The ‘legal thing’ in Swaziland: res judicata and divine kingship 5. Collection as a way of being 6. Separating and containing people and things in Mongolia 7. Talismans of thought: shamanist ontologies and extended cognition in northern Mongolia 8. Differentiation and encompassment: a critique of Alfred Gell’s theory of the abduction of creativity 9. The power of powder: multiplicity and motion in the divinatory cosmology of Cuban Ifá

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC002000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOC002010
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOC003000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology