Cutting and Connecting: 'Afrinesian' Perspectives on Networks, Relationality, and Exchange

Cutting and Connecting: 'Afrinesian' Perspectives on Networks, Relationality, and Exchange

By: Knut Christian Myhre (editor), Adam Reed (contributor)Paperback

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Questions regarding the origins, mobility, and effects of analytical concepts continue to emerge as anthropology endeavors to describe similarities and differences in social life around the world. Cutting and Connecting rethinks this comparative enterprise by calling in a conceptual debt that theoretical innovations from Melanesian anthropology owe to network analysis originally developed in African contexts. On this basis, the contributors adopt and employ concepts from recent studies of Melanesia to analyze contemporary life on the African continent and to explore how this exchange influences the borrowed anthropological perspectives. By focusing on ways in which networks are cut and connections are made, these empirical investigations show how particular relationships are created in today's Africa. In addition, the volume aims for an approach that recasts relationships between theory and place and concepts and ethnography, in a manner that destabilizes the distinction between fieldwork and writing.

About Author

Knut Christian Myhre is a researcher attached to the ERC-funded project "Egalitarianism: Forms, Processes, Comparisons" in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen. Recent publications include articles in American Ethnologist, Anthropological Theory, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and Social Analysis. He previously held research positions at the University of Oslo, the Nordic Africa Institute, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).


Introduction: Cutting and Connecting: `Afrinesian' Perspectives on Networks, Relationality, and Exchange Knut Christian Myhre Chapter 1. Kuru, AIDS, and Witchcraft: Reconfiguring Culpability in Melanesia and Africa Isak Niehaus Chapter 2. Law, Opacity, and Information in Urban Gambia Niklas Hultin Chapter 3. From Cutting to Fading: A Relational Perspective on Marriage Exchange and Sociality in Rural Gambia Tone Sommerfelt Chapter 4. Gathering up Mutual Help: Work, Personhood, and Relational Freedoms in Tanzania and Melanesia Daivi Rodima-Taylor Chapter 5. Rethinking Ethnographic Comparison: Persons and Networks in Africa and Melanesia Richard Vokes Chapter 6. Membering and Dismembering: The Poetry and Relationality of Animal Bodies in Kilimanjaro Knut Christian Myhre Chapter 7. The Place of Theory: Rights, Networks, and Ethnographic Comparison Harri Englund and Thomas Yarrow Afterword Adam Reed Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781785332630
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 162
  • ID: 9781785332630
  • weight: 236
  • ISBN10: 1785332635

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