Anthropological Theory Today
January 2000, Polity
1. Anthropological Theory at the Turn of the Century. (Henrietta L. Moore).
2. From Private Virtue to Public Vice. (James G. Carrier and Daniel Miller).
3. Clash of Civilizations of Asian Liberalism?:An Anthropology of the State and Citizenship. (Aihwa Ong).
4. The Economies of Violence and the Violence of Economies. (Catherine Lutz and Donald Nonini).
5. Toward an Ethics of the Open Subject: Writing Culture in Good Conscience. (Debbora Battagli).
6. Whatever Happened to Women and Men: Gender and other Crises in Anthropology. (Henrietta L. Moore).
7. The Body's Career in Anthropology. (Thomas J. Csordas).
8. Human Cognition and Cultural Evolution. Pascal Boyer.
9. Psychoanalysis and Anthropology: On the Temporality of Analysis. (James Weiner).
10. Becoming Undisciplined: Anthropology and Cultural Studies. (Nicholas Thomas).
* The chapters are written by some of the key figures in the field, including Henrietta Moore, Daniel Miller and Nicholas Thomas.
* Covers a range of very topical issues which are at the forefront of debates in anthropology, including gender, the body, cognition and material culture.
'Leading members of the younger generation of anthropologists
engage with confidence and passion topics ranging from ideologies
of economics, liberalism and military violence to gender, body,
self and mind. Readers will find much to learn from and much to
debate within these smart, substantial essays that illustrate the
ethical and intellectual excitement, range and complexity of
contemporary inquiry.' Michael Lambek, Department of
Anthropology, University of Toronto
"Moore sees anthropology as a debate as well as a set of
practices ... The papers in Anthropological Theory Today are
appealing [and] stimulating ... I recommend the book highly to
practicing anthropologists and graduate students."
'[Individual chapters] ... offer not only fresh ethnography,
recent theorizing and good, occasionally sparkling analytical
points; but they also reveal the new identity of a discipline that
has successfully passed through the tunnel of postmodernism and
emerged on the other side.' Ethnos
'There is much to consider in Moore's substantial Introduction
as she presents her view of fundamental questions regarding
anthropology and theory and as she introduces the nine papers at
some depth.' Journal of Anthropological Research
" All the chapters in the book are interesting, One strength of
this collection lies in the fact that every chapter indicates what
its author/s regard/s as cutting-edge research, as well as noting
any gaps in their respective sub-fields. This could be helpful new
researchers such as postgraduate students. Another of its strengths
lies in the bibliographies provided by the various contributing
authors. These appear to be quite comprehensive so that if a
particular chapter or sub-field appeals there is a wealth of
reading to undertake." Journal of Intercultural