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Dislocating Anthropology?

Bases of Longing and Belonging in the Analysis of Contemporary Societies

Editor(s): Simon Coleman, Peter Collins
Contributors: Thomas F Carter, Peter J Collins, Simon Michael Coleman, Robermon Sueta, Katri Anna Lind, Dr Donald Macleod,

Book Description

Anthropology continues to develop both in terms of theory and in relation to the ways in which fieldwork is conducted. Dislocating Anthropology? seeks to capture and represent these developments through a collection of ethnographic essays that are cutting edge, but which do not represent a complete break with what has gone before. In recent years anthropologists have increasingly come to accept that fieldwork in bounded and discrete places is no longer tenable. People can no longer be represented in these static, parochial terms. At the start of the 21st century, and with the possibility of internet connections almost anywhere, we have the potential to move even when we are stationary. Each of the contributors to this collection have identified and attempted to understand sets of relationships that are both temporally and spatially dynamic, that appear to flow into and out of ‘the field.’ Together, the chapters shed light on a number of methodological conundrums, or dislocations, relating, for example, to locality, identity, fieldwork, and reflexivity. The book is concerned with dislocation as both practice and process, and as such extends a theme that has arguably been central to Anthropology since Malinowski’s Trobriand ethnography.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2895-6
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2895-5
Date of Publication: 01/05/2011
Pages / Size: 165 / A5
Price: £34.99


Simon Coleman is Chancellor Jackman Chaired Professor at the Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, Canada. His current research interests include tracing urban, diasporic space among Nigerian Pentecostals between London and Lagos, as well as examining risk, ritual and transformations of religious commitment at the pilgrimage site of Walsingham, England.

Peter Collins is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK. His research interests include religion, historical anthropology, space and place and narrative theory. He has carried out fieldwork among British and Kenyan Quakers, local government employees in the North of England and in British NHS acute hospitals.