Description - Thinking Through Things by Amiria Henare
What would an artefact-based anthropology look like if it were not about material culture? And could such a project aspire, not to create a new sub-genre within the discipline, but to reconfigure anthropologys analytic methodologies more generally? Thinking Through Things is an ambitious foray by a group of young anthropologists who share common concerns about the place of objects and materiality in their interpretive struggles. More than simply a critique of existing anthropological reasoning, the volume puts forward a positive programme for the re-fashioning of anthropological endeavours. Testing the limit of the persistent analytical assumption that meanings are fundamentally distinct from their material manifestations, Thinking Through Things attempts to explore the consequences of an apparently counter-intuitive analytic possibility: that artifacts might be treated as sui generis meanings.
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Author Biography - Amiria Henare
The editors of this volume all completed doctoral studies in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge in the early 2000s. Amiria Henare conducted fieldwork in New Zealand and Scotland, and is now a curator in the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, lecturing in the Department of Social Anthropology. Martin Holbraad has studied money and divination in Cuba, and now lectures in Social Anthropology at University College London. Sari Wastell's has conducted research into Basque identity in Spain and divine kingship in Swaziland. She is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmith's College in the University of London.