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Starry Nights

Critical Structural Realism in Anthropology

Stephen P. Reyna

220 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-461-0 $150.00/£107.00 Hb Published (March 2017)

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“This is an important and timely collection of essays by one of the leading exponents of a scientific, materialist anthropology… I could see the usefulness of this collection in seminars on theory at the graduate and undergraduate level.” · David Sutton, Southern Illinois University

Starry Nights: Critical Structural Realism in Anthropology offers nothing less than a reinventing of the discipline of anthropology. In these six essays – four published here for the first time – Stephen Reyna critiques the postmodern tenets of anthropology, while devising a new strategy for conducting research. Combative and clear, Starry Nights provides an important critique of mainstream anthropology as represented by Geertz and the postmodern legacy, and envisions a mode of anthropological research that addresses social, cultural and biological questions with techniques that are theoretically rigorous and practically useful.

Stephen P. Reyna is a Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Salle and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. 

Series: Volume 1, Loose Can(n)ons
Subject: Theory & Methodology in Anthropology

LC: GN33 .R49 2017

BISAC: SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural; SOC026000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Sociology/General

BIC: JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography; JHBA Social theory





Chapter 1. Literary Anthropology and the Case against Science
Chapter 2. What Is Th eory? Something, Time-Being, Art


Chapter 3. Dialectics of Force: Contradiction, Logics, and Conservation of Délires


Chapter 4. Right and Might: Of Approximate Truths and Moral Judgments
Chapter 5. Perpetual Peace? Dreaming in the Time-Being of Empire


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