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Turning to life: A comment

Pina-Cabral, Joao (2019) Turning to life: A comment. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 8 (3). pp. 522-529. ISSN 2049-1115. (doi:10.1086/701115) (KAR id:69383)

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Life is a concept that is commonly encountered in ethnographic literature. Most social anthropologists seem happy to live with a broadly uncritical approach to it. In recent years, however, it has come to our notice that if we truly aim to take on interdisciplinarity in any serious way, we cannot avoid dealing with life as an analytical tool. In this essay, I examine the notion of life in light of ethnographic theory. I outline three broad families of meaning of the category “life” as it appears in the ethnographic register. Taking recourse to Marilyn Strathern’s inspiration, I conclude that these meanings can be integrated if we see them in terms of “scale.”

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1086/701115
Uncontrolled keywords: life, scale, personhood, transcendence, ethnographic theory
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Joao de Pina Cabral
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2018 11:31 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:58 UTC
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