Anthropology Catalogue 2014

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Anthropology, Culture and Society

Anthropology is a discipline based upon in-depth ethnographic works that deal with wider theoretical issues in the context of particular, local conditions – to paraphrase an important volume from the series: large issues explored in small places. The series has a particular mission: to publish work that moves away from old-style descriptive ethnography – that is strongly area-studies oriented – and offer genuine theoretical arguments that are of interest to a much wider readership but which are nevertheless located and grounded in solid ethnographic research. If anthropology is to argue itself a place in the contemporary intellectual world then it must surely be through such research.
We start from the question: 'what can this ethnographic material tell us about the bigger theoretical issues that concern the social sciences'; rather than 'what can these theoretical ideas tell us about the ethnographic context'. Put this way round, such work becomes about large issues, set in a (relatively) small place, rather than detailed description of a small place for its own sake. As Clifford Geertz once said: 'anthropologists don’t study villages; they study in villages.'
By place we mean not only geographical locale, but also other types of 'place' – within political, economic, religious or other social systems. We therefore publish work based on ethnography within political and religious movements, occupational or class groups, youth, development agencies, nationalists; but also work that is more thematically based – on kinship, landscape, the state, violence, corruption, the self. The series publishes four kinds of volume – ethnographic monographs; comparative texts; edited collections; and shorter, polemic essays.
We publish work from all traditions of anthropology, and all parts of the world, which combines theoretical debate with empirical evidence to demonstrate anthropology’s unique position in contemporary scholarship and the contemporary world.

Series editors

Vered Amit is Professor of Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal. Together with Nigel Rapport, she is the author of The Trouble with Community: Anthropological Reflections on Movement, Identity and Collectivity (Pluto, 2002) and editor of Claiming Individuality (2006).
Christina Garsten is Professor of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University. She is the author of Workplace Vagabonds: Career and Community in Changing Worlds of Work (2008) and co-editor of Organisational Anthropology (Pluto, 2013) and Transparency in a New Global Order (2008).

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