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Anthropology Now and Next

Anthropology Now and Next: Essays in Honor of Ulf Hannerz

Thomas Hylland Eriksen
Christina Garsten
Shalini Randeria
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition: 1
Published by: Berghahn Books
Pages: 324
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    Anthropology Now and Next
    Book Description:

    The scholarship of Ulf Hannerz is characterized by its extraordinary breadth and visionary nature. He has contributed to the understanding of urban life and transnational networks, and the role of media, paradoxes of identity and new forms of community, suggesting to see culture in terms of flows rather than as bounded entities. Contributions honor Hannerz' legacy by addressing theoretical, epistemological, ethical and methodological challenges facing anthropological inquiry on topics from cultural diversity policies in Europe to transnational networks in Yemen, and from pottery and literature to multinational corporations.

    eISBN: 978-1-78238-450-2
    Subjects: Sociology, Anthropology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Introduction Ulf Hannerz and the Militant Middle Ground
    (pp. 1-10)
    Shalini Randeria, Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Christina Garsten

    Ulf Hannerz’ published work spans more than four decades to date and has, since the beginning, contributed to shaping and reshaping the world of anthropology. The very titles of some of his major books—Soulside(1969),Exploring the City(1980),Cultural Complexity(1992),Transnational Connections(1996),Foreign News(2004), andAnthropology’s World(2010)—reveal an anthropologist who has consistently been ahead of his time in exploring subjects that were not yet the academic fashion. Yet he has been both conversant with, and drawing energy from, his peers and the traditions of the discipline on both sides of the Atlantic, just...

  4. Chapter 1 Divided by a Shared Destiny: An Anthropologist’s Notes from an Overheated World
    (pp. 11-28)
    Thomas Hylland Eriksen

    On his one hundredth birthday on November 28, 2008, Claude Lévi-Strauss was paid a visit by President Nicolas Sarkozy, France being a country where politicians can still build prestige by associating with intellectuals. In the press reports from the meeting, the centenarian, whose seminal book on kinship was published more than sixty years ago, said that he did not really count himself among the living any more. By saying this he referred, I believe, not just to his very advanced age and diminishing faculties, but also to the acknowledgement of the fact that the world he cherished was gone. Lévi-Strauss...

  5. Chapter 2 Juxtapositions: Social and Material Connectedness in a Pottery Community
    (pp. 29-47)
    Brian Moeran

    When the Third Stockholm Roundtable in Anthropology was convened in honor of Ulf Hannerz, back in 2007, several themes were picked out for discussion by the organizers. One of these was that of connections, which was due to be presented by Arjun Appadurai. Alas! At the last moment, Arjun was prevented from taking part in the Roundtable and it fell upon me to step into his place, with shoes that may be several sizes bigger than his, but with pertinent knowledge that is several sizes smaller. Scant comfort for both soul and sole!

    Although I suspect that Arjun would have...

  6. Chapter 3 Connecting and Disconnecting: Intentionality, Anonymity, and Transnational Networks in Upper Yemen
    (pp. 48-69)
    Andre Gingrich

    Transnational connections or networks and global flows are two key concepts that have helped anthropology to move into the current era of postcolonial and global analyses. Both concepts have provided good service as buzzwords, orientating and setting the tone of recent debates and research and by consequence, leading to a rising awareness about global flows and transnational networks. That rising awareness, however, has been accompanied quite often by a diminishing amount of theoretical precision. This chapter sets out to differentiate the two concepts more closely in terms of how they relate to temporality, communication, and power. The chapter then proceeds...

  7. Chapter 4 Global Swirl at Dupont Circle: Think Tanks, Connectivity, and the Making of “the Global”
    (pp. 70-90)
    Christina Garsten

    Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. is at once a large traffic circle, a park area, an intersection of diverse neighborhoods, and a historic center. The roundabout connects Massachusetts Avenue with Connecticut Avenue, New Hampshire Avenue, P Street, and 19th Street, all of which are major arteries of Washington D.C. A major point of connection for locals, commuters, and visitors, it is alive with city buzz. In the green park area in the inner section of the traffic circle, people break out from their offices for lunch, walk their dogs, preach to passersby of their religious or political conviction, or enjoy...

  8. Chapter 5 Reflexivity Reloaded: From Anthropology of Intellectuals to Critique of Method to Studying Sideways
    (pp. 91-110)
    Dominic Boyer

    “Reflexivity” is a term that has currency in contemporary social-cultural anthropology but not always clear or positive connotations. I recall a telling conversation with a colleague from another university several years ago in which she rolled her eyes when I said that I thought her work was exemplary reflexive anthropology. I had meant this as a compliment but she began shaking her head immediately: “Oh, I’m not interested inthatkind of a project. I’m not interested in solipsistic and self-satisfied anthropology.” She had in mind, as it turned out, the anthropology she associated with the so-called “reflexive turn” of...

  9. Chapter 6 On Anthropologists and Other Cultural Interpreters
    (pp. 111-130)
    Thomas Blom Hansen

    A decade ago, a colleague of mine in the U.K. told me: “I think anthropology is dying. Everything is so full of consciousness and reflexivity. The days when we could describe alien worlds that just were there—incomprehensible, contained, and in themselves—they are over for good. Even ethnography has been hijacked by other disciplines.”

    For all its nostalgic gloominess, this sentiment captures something important about the profound transformations of the conditions under which cultural interpretation, including anthropology, can be performed and presented today. Let me outline three contradictions that mark the work of anthropology today. Firstly, there is little...

  10. Chapter 7 Traveling between Knowledge Practices
    (pp. 131-146)
    Thomas Fillitz

    In his note for the “Third Stockholm Anthropology Roundtable” (September 2007) Ulf Hannerz positionedreflexivityas one of four keywords characterizing the anthropological enterprise. Among the various uses of this notion, Hannerz suggested as a frame of discussion “the broader sense of human modes of individually or collectively representing oneself, portraying oneself, measuring oneself” (personal communication, June 2007). This perspective on reflexivity may also refer to our common sense use of reflexivity, an idea going back to Descartes’scogito, an inner contemplation or “introspective representation” (Sandywell 1999: 39). In such processes, the “I” is reflecting inner representations of external events....

  11. Chapter 8 Anthropologist in the Irish Literary World: Reflexivity through Studying Sideways
    (pp. 147-161)
    Helena Wulff

    In his recent bookAnthropology’s World, Ulf Hannerz (2010: 1) starts out by pointing to the two meanings of this notion: “anthropology as a social world in itself—the community of a discipline, with its internal social relationships, its ideas and practices,” and anthropology’s world as “the wider outside world to which the discipline must relate in various ways.” In what follows, drawing on an anthropological study of contemporary Irish writers as cultural translators and public intellectuals, the literary world in Ireland will be considered in a parallel way.¹ One defining idea of the social world of Irish writers, which...

  12. Chapter 9 Reflections in and on the Hall of Mirrors
    (pp. 162-180)
    Gudrun Dahl

    Reflexivity is an essential aspect of anthropology both in the sense that a reflexive approach to one’s position in fieldwork is an established part of the traditions of the discipline, and in the sense that theoretical development in anthropology has often emanated from turning the analytical instruments used in studying other societies and cultures to the discipline’s own concepts and practices. Even early theoretical reflections in anthropology consisted of the realization that the analytical concepts that the anthropologist brought into the field were ethnocentric, so that fieldwork elsewhere simultaneously could become an indirect fieldwork at home.

    Doing fieldwork outside her...

  13. Chapter 10 On the Shores of Power: The Cultural Diversity Turn, Cultural Policies, and the Location of Migrants
    (pp. 181-204)
    Ayse Caglar

    On February 15, 2004, at the fifty-fourth Berlin International Film Festival, the Golden Bear went to Fatih Akın and his filmGegen die Wand(literally, “Against the Wall”; released in English asHead-On). Akın was praised as one of the most promising young filmmakers. His success placed Germany back in the winners’ camp at the Berlinale after eighteen years. The decision of the jury was unexpected. But Fatih Akın’s triumph was the success of a German filmmaker’s with a twist. The fact that he was the son of a TurkishGastarbeiter(guest worker), born in Hamburg, and thus belonged to...

  14. Chapter 11 Emergent Concept Chains and Scenarios of Depoliticization: The Case of Global Governance as a Future Past
    (pp. 205-240)
    Ronald Stade

    As the Cold War came to an end, American pundits tried to guess where the world was headed. They thought up a number of future scenarios in which the United States either epitomized the final stage of human history or was faced with new threats and evils. Because many pundits invoked cultural differences as the cause of impending geopolitical conflicts, Ulf Hannerz (2009) calls these scenarios “geocultural.” Such geocultural scenarios include everything from a clash of civilizations to a world in need of U.S. soft power. An interesting, although not entirely new, aspect of the scenario industry was its creation...

  15. Chapter 12 Lusotopy as Ecumene
    (pp. 241-263)
    João de Pina-Cabral

    In a now famous essay, Ulf Hannerz suggested that we should look at our contemporary world as an ecumene; that is, as an undivided space of human intercommunication, a network of networks (1991). A few years later, Sidney Mintz argued that, within this larger space, one could identify areas where intercommunication is more intense due to historical reasons—he famously suggested that the Caribbean, too, must be seen as an ecumene (1996). A similar notion of areas of density of intercommunication that define humanity as historically constructed can be found in Tolkien’s fiction writing, where the notion of ecumene plays...

  16. Chapter 13 An Anthropologist of the World: Interview with Ulf Hannerz, September 2012
    (pp. 264-276)
    Dominic Boyer and Ulf Hannerz

    Q: More so than most of us, Ulf, you are truly an “anthropologist of the world.” And, it so happens that these are very challenging times, but also in some ways very inspiring times, for the world. The Washington Consensus, for example, seems more fragile than ever before and an anthropologist is set to lead the World Bank for the first time. Yet austerity reigns and the eurozone is in turmoil. Latin America is blossoming with new social and political experiments. Yet the United States seems in the grip of slow and possibly very ugly decline. I wanted to ask...

  17. Publications by Ulf Hannerz (reprinted and translated articles, newspaper articles, unpublished conference papers, etc. not included)
    (pp. 277-290)
  18. Notes on Contributors
    (pp. 291-294)
  19. Index
    (pp. 295-316)