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Regimes of Ignorance

Anthropological Perspectives on the Production and Reproduction of Non-Knowledge

Edited by Roy Dilley and Thomas G. Kirsch

222 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-838-8 $95.00/£67.00 Hb Published (October 2015)

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“What Kirsch and all the contributors to the volume illustrate is that, although anthropology is a latecomer to the topic of agnotology, the discipline has much to offer, especially in expanding the range of the study beyond Western science and corporations and in identifying the constructive processes and effective outcomes of ignorance-making.” · Anthropology Review Database

“...first-rate scholarship from beginning to end. [The book] reads very nicely and has been properly organized and edited. Another strong aspect of the volume is the diverse range of geographical locations, thereby making the anthropological — i.e. general and possibly universal — argument much more convincing. . . Overall, I think the volume makes a significant and original contribution to scholarship in anthropology.” · Mark Harris, University of St Andrews

Non-knowledge should not be simply regarded as the opposite of knowledge, but as complementary to it: each derives its character and meaning from the other and from their interaction. Knowledge does not colonize the space of ignorance in the progressive march of science; rather, knowledge and ignorance are mutually shaped in social and political domains of partial, shifting, and temporal relationships. This volume’s ethnographic analyses provide a theoretical frame through which to consider the production and reproduction of ignorance, non-knowledge, and secrecy, as well as the wider implications these ideas have for anthropology and related disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.

Roy Dilley is Professor of Social Anthropology at University of St Andrews. His books include Islamic and Caste Knowledge Practices among Haalpulaaren (Edinburgh University Press, 2004) and Nearly Native, Barely Civilized: Henri Gaden's Journey Across Colonial French West Africa (Brill, 2014).

Thomas G. Kirsch is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at University of Konstanz. Recent publications include Spirits and Letters: Reading, Writing and Charisma in African Christianity (Berghahn Books, 2008) and Domesticating Vigilantism in Africa (Co-ed with Tilo Grätz; James Currey, 2010).

Series: Volume 29, Methodology & History in Anthropology
Subject: Theory & Methodology in Anthropology

LC: GN345.R44 2015

BISAC: PHI004000 PHILOSOPHY/Epistemology; SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural

BIC: HPK Philosophy: epistemology & theory of knowledge; JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography


Introduction: Regimes of Ignorance: An Introduction
Thomas G. Kirsch and Roy Dilley

Chapter 1. Mind the Gap: On the Other Side of Knowing
Carlo Caduff

Chapter 2. Ignoring Native Ignorance: Epidemiological Enclosures of Not-Knowing Plague in Inner Asia
Christos Lynteris

Chapter 3. Managing Pleasurable Pursuits: Utopic Horizons and the Arts of Ignoring and ‘Not Knowing’ among Fine Woodworkers
Trevor H. J. Marchand

Chapter 4. Ignorant Bodies and the Dangers of Knowledge in Amazonia
Casey High

Chapter 5. What Do Child Sex Offenders Know?
John Borneman

Chapter 6. Problematic Reproductions: Children, Slavery and Not-Knowing in Colonial French West Africa
Roy Dilley

Chapter 7. Power and Ignorance in British India: The Native Fetish of the Crown
Leo Coleman

Chapter 8. Secrecy and the Epistemophilic Other
Thomas G. Kirsch

Notes on Contributors

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