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The Objects of Evidence: Anthropological Approaches to the Production of Knowledge
     

The Objects of Evidence: Anthropological Approaches to the Production of Knowledge

by Matthew Engelke (Editor)
 

Part of The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute Special Issue Book Series, the contributors to this volume share the conviction that anthropology can no longer afford to ignore the importance of the concept of evidence, either for the ways in which anthropologists carry out their work (methodology) or present and justify their findings

Overview

Part of The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute Special Issue Book Series, the contributors to this volume share the conviction that anthropology can no longer afford to ignore the importance of the concept of evidence, either for the ways in which anthropologists carry out their work (methodology) or present and justify their findings (epistemology).

  • Demonstrates that evidence is something that all anthropologists must possess
  • Shows how the collection of evidence in the field is still, without doubt, one of the main ingredients of what Bronislaw Malinowski once referred to as 'the ethnographer’s magic'
  • Reveals how the concept of evidence has received little sustained attention in print – especially when compared to related concepts, such as 'fieldwork', 'truth', 'facts', and 'knowledge'
  • Argued from a variety of theoretical perspectives and a rarity in its ability to orchestrate some many different – and vibrant – paradigms and points of view

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This volume is successful is in transforming the problem of evidence into a productive inquiry." (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, January 2011)

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405192965
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/07/2009
Series:
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute Special Issue Book Series , #1
Pages:
170
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)

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From the Publisher

‘A satisfyingly complex and lucid collection, these essays are ordered to create a ripple effect of themes and arguments that emerge as related, overlapping and contingent to one another - a nice reflection on the substance of the authors' concerns with evidence. Compulsive, not just imperative, reading for anyone engaged with the analysis of field materials.'
Marilyn Strathern, Girton College, University of Cambridge

'Objects of Evidence provides signal advances to thinking about two topics of fundamental importance, namely the anthropology of epistemology - how people make claims to knowledge - and the epistemology of anthropology - the claims on which anthropological knowledge rests.'
Michael Lambek, University of Toronto

Meet the Author

Matthew Engelke is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics.

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