African Archaeological Review

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 383–393 | Cite as

Intersections of Craft and Cuisine: Implications for What and How We Study

  • Ann B. StahlEmail author

Recent decades have seen a growing interest in “relationality” and social action in the human sciences, with implications for our analytical objects (what we study) and our methods (how we study). Where earlier perspectives envisioned social units as discrete, bounded, and comprised of separable domains (e.g., of economy, religion, political organization), recent scholarship stresses the interconnectedness of these domains and asks how they emerge and are reproduced through social action. So too have scholars sought more nuanced ways to capture the scalar, nested relations among so-called “local” and “global” phenomena and entities. While the theoretical inspirations of these analytical shifts are diverse (Dirks et al.1994), their effects have been widely felt, with implications for the questions we pose, the data we generate, and the insights we develop.

A central motivation of this special issue of the African Archaeological Reviewis to surmount analytical conventions that treat...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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