The notion of "sociality" is now widely used within the social sciences and humanities. However, what is meant by the term varies radically, and the contributors here, through compelling and wide ranging essays, identify the strengths and weaknesses of current definitions and their deployment in the social sciences. By developing their own rigorous and innovative theory of human sociality, they re-set the framework of the debate and open up new possibilities for conceptualising other forms of sociality, such as that of animals or materials. Cases from Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe explore the new directions of human sociality, illuminating how and why it is transformed when human beings engage with such major issues as economic downturn, climate change, new regimes of occupational and psychological therapy, technological innovations in robotics and the creation of new online, "virtual" environments. This book is an invaluable resource, not only for research and teaching, but for anyone interested in the question of what makes us social.
Nicholas J. Long is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, where he is also a Junior Research Fellow at St Catharine's College. He is the co-editor of Southeast Asian Perspectives on Power (Routledge 2012) and author of Being Malay in Indonesia (NUS/KITLV/University of Hawai'i Press, forthcoming). Henrietta L. Moore is the William Wyse Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Her most recent book is Still Life: Hopes, Desires and Satisfactions (Polity Press 2011).
List of illustrations List of contributors Acknowledgements Chapter 1. Introduction: sociality's new directions Nicholas J. Long & Henrietta L. Moore Chapter 2. Avatars and robots: the imaginary present and the socialities of the inorganic Henrietta L. Moore Chapter 3. Imagining the world that warrants our imagination - the revelation of ontogeny Christina Toren Chapter 4. Sociality and its dangers: witchcraft, intimacy and trust Peter Geschiere Chapter 5. Group belonging in trade unions: idioms of sociality in Bolivia and Argentina Sian Lazar Chapter 6. Utopian sociality. Online Nicholas J. Long Chpater 7. A sociality of, and beyond, 'my-home' in post-corporate Japan Anne Allison Chapter 8. Actants amassing (AA) Adam Yuet Chau Chapter 9. Doing, being and becoming: the sociality of children with autism in activities with therapy dogs and other people Olga Solomon Chapter 10. Materials and sociality Susanne Kuchler Chapter 11. The art of slow sociality: movement, aesthetics and shared understanding Jo Vergunst & Anna Vermehren Index