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Critical Interventions: A Forum for Social Analysis
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Edited by Bruce Kapferer and Marina Gold
208 pages, Pocket Size 4.25'' x 7''
ISBN 978-1-78533-868-7 $14.95/£11.95 Pb Published (April 2018)
eISBN 978-1-78533-869-4 eBook
“The thirteen texts cobbled together in this light book (physically, not intellectually) are fairly short but no less penetrating in their analytical insight for that. They hit hard at the discomforts and inner tensions of contemporary anthropological theory and practice, making Moral Anthropology: A Critique mandatory reading for anyone puzzled by the buzzing if problematic area of inquiry that is the anthropology of moralities.” • Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society
A development in anthropological theory, characterized as the 'moral turn', is gaining popularity and should be carefully considered. In examining the context, arguments, and discourse that surrounds this trend, this volume reconceptualizes the discipline of anthropology in a radical way. Contributions from anthropologists from around the world from different theoretical traditions and with expertise in a multiplicity of ethnographic areas makes this collection a provocative contribution to larger discussions not only in anthropology but the social sciences more broadly.
Bruce Kapferer is Honorary Professor University College London and Professor Emeritus, University of Bergen, where he is Director of the Egalitarianism Project supported by an ERC Advanced Grant. Has published widely on South Asia, Africa and Australia where he has done extensive anthropological fieldwork.
Marina Gold is research fellow in the department of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, where she is part of the ERC Advanced Grant Egalitarianism Project. Her publications include articles in Social Analysis, and the Bulletin of Latin American Research and a recent monograph based on her research in Cuba, titled People and State in Socialist Cuba: Ideas and practices of Revolution (Palgrave 2015).
Subject: Theory & Methodology in Anthropology
Introduction: Reconceptualising the Discipline
PART I: THE CASE AGAINST MORAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Chapter 1. Why I Will Not Make It as a ‘Moral Anthropologist’
Chapter 2. Steps Away from Moralism
Chapter 3. Not Beyond Good and Evil: The Ethics of Anthropology and the Anthropology of Ethics
Chapter 4. An Obscure Desire for Catastrophe
PART II: MORAL ISSUES IN CONTEXT
Chapter 5. Facts, Values, Morality, and Anthropology
Christopher C. Taylor
Chapter 6. Moral Anthropology, Human Rights and Egalitarianism or The AAA boycott
Chaprter 7. Anthropology’s Atavistic Turn : An Animist Perspective
PART III: PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTIONS
Chapter 8. Empathy, As Affective Ethical Technology and Transformative Political Praxis
Elisabeth Kirtsoglou & Dimitrios Theodossopoulos
Chapter 9. The Question of Ethics and Morality
PART IV: A BROADER VIEW IN HISTORICAL CONTEXT
Chapter 10. The Horizon of Freedom and Ethics of Singularity: The Social Individual and the Necessity of Reloading the Spirit of 1968
Chapter 11. Situating Morality
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