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Breaking the Frames

Anthropological Conundrums

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Pamela J. Stewart, Andrew J. Strathern
    Pages 1-9
  3. Pamela J. Stewart, Andrew J. Strathern
    Pages 11-21
  4. Pamela J. Stewart, Andrew J. Strathern
    Pages 23-32
  5. Pamela J. Stewart, Andrew J. Strathern
    Pages 33-45
  6. Pamela J. Stewart, Andrew J. Strathern
    Pages 47-54
  7. Pamela J. Stewart, Andrew J. Strathern
    Pages 55-59
  8. Pamela J. Stewart, Andrew J. Strathern
    Pages 61-67
  9. Pamela J. Stewart, Andrew J. Strathern
    Pages 69-78
  10. Pamela J. Stewart, Andrew J. Strathern
    Pages 79-87
  11. Pamela J. Stewart, Andrew J. Strathern
    Pages 89-94
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 95-104

About this book

Introduction

This book argues that the breaking and re-making of frames of analysis underlie the history of theorizing in anthropology. Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew J. Strathern note that this mode of analysis risks fabricating over-essentialized dichotomies between viewpoints. The authors advocate  a mindful, nuanced, people-centered approach to all theorizing-one that avoids total system approaches (-isms)  and suggest that theory should relate cogently to ethnography. Mindful anthropology, as this book envisages it, is not a specific theory but a philosophical aspiration for the discipline as a whole.

Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern) and Andrew J. Strathern are well-known international lecturers, having lived and worked globally. They have published over 50 books, as well as hundreds of articles, book chapters, and essays on their research in Asia, Europe, and Oceania. They are also the series editors for Palgrave Studies in Disaster Anthropology. 
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Keywords

anthropology dichotomy breaking the frames theorizing mindful anthropology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

About the authors

Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern) and Andrew J. Strathern are well-known international lecturers, having lived and worked globally. They have published over 50 books, as well as hundreds of articles, book chapters, and essays on their research in Asia, Europe, and Oceania. They are also the series editors for Palgrave Studies in Disaster Anthropology

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Breaking the Frames
  • Book Subtitle Anthropological Conundrums
  • Authors Pamela J. Stewart
    Andrew J. Strathern
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47127-3
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-47126-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-83661-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-47127-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 104
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Anthropology
    Social Theory
  • Buy this book on publisher's site

Reviews

“This is the first ‘history’ of anthropology to actually challenge how we think about our work by questioning perspectives that were taken for granted and exploring those moments when ‘breaking the frames’ shifted our understanding of humans as meaning-making beings. The challenge here is to practice a ‘mindful anthropology,’ even a kind of collaborative reflexivity, to break closed frames that constrain creative thinking.” (Naomi M. McPherson, Associate Professor Emerita of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Canada)

“Pamela Stewart and Andrew Strathern develop a tremendously important and timely argument about the history and nature of theorizing in anthropology. This book powerfully shows the tendency of anthropologists to follow theoretical fashions with only limited reference to intellectual history. The authors note the often suppressive nature of fashion-driven trends of theorizing, with their tendency to marginalize scholars who pursue different approaches.  Breaking the Frames should be required reading for all theory courses in anthropology.” (John Traphagan, Associate Chair and Professor of Religious Studies, University of Texas at Austin, USA)

“This is a bold and thoughtful endeavour that brings insight to the methodological and theoretical legacies of anthropology. While discussing the great theories, it remains close to the human issues at stake and paves the way for mindful anthropology. I am sure it will provoke a fruitful and lively debate, as it leaves readers with a need to think again about human life and how we understand the world.” (Anne Sigfrid Gronseth, Professor at Lillehammer University College, Norway)