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The Anthropology of Ignorance: An Ethnographic Approach

High, Casey and Kelly, Ann and Mair, Jonathan (2012) The Anthropology of Ignorance: An Ethnographic Approach. Culture, mind, and society . Palgrave MacMillan, New York, USA, 220 pp. ISBN 978-0-230-34082-4. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:57894)

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Abstract

"Documents the many relationships and practices that depend on the suspension of knowledge or the generation, deployment, or recognition of ignorance"--

The question of ignorance occupies a central place in anthropological theory and practice. This volume argues that the concept of ignorance has largely been pursued as the opposite of knowledge or even its obverse. Though they cover wide empirical ground - from clients of a fertility treatment center in New York to families grappling with suicide in Greenland - contributors share a commitment to understanding the concept as a productive, social practice. Ultimately, The Anthropology of Ignorance asks whether an academic commitment to knowledge can be squared with lived significance of ignorance and how taking it seriously might alter anthropological research practices.

Review: "The Anthropology of Ignorance: An Ethnographic Approach brings an interesting balance of theory , conceptualisation, and case studies, mainly for scholars and not for undergraduates. As a matter of fact, many future essay s and books could be written thanks to the doors this book just opened." - European Journal of American Studies

Item Type: Edited book
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Jonathan Mair
Date Deposited: 18 May 2017 19:03 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:23 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/57894 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Mair, Jonathan: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6176-3157
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