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Anthropology and Ethnography are Not Equivalent: Reorienting Anthropology for the Future

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Anthropology and Ethnography are Not Equivalent

Reorienting Anthropology for the Future

Edited by Irfan Ahmad
Afterword by TIm Ingold

172 pages, 6 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-988-4 $120.00/£89.00 / Hb / Published (January 2021)

eISBN 978-1-78920-989-1 eBook

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“It is a stimulatingly provocative and highly original study.” • David Parkin, Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford

“This is an interesting and welcome contribution to a scholarly debate that has triggered considerable attention among anthropologists and others over the last few years. It brings together six chapters that engage with Ingold’s intervention about ethnography vs anthropology by critically asking how Ingold’s views can be put into practice.” • Oskar Verkaaik, University of Amsterdam


In recent years, crucial questions have been raised about anthropology as a discipline, such as whether ethnography is central to the subject, and how imagination, reality and truth are joined in anthropological enterprises. These interventions have impacted anthropologists and scholars at large. This volume contributes to the debate about the interrelationships between ethnography and anthropology and takes it to a new plane. Six anthropologists with field experience in Egypt, Greece, India, Laos, Mauritius, Thailand and Switzerland critically discuss these propositions in order to renew anthropology for the future. The volume concludes with an Afterword from Tim Ingold.

Irfan Ahmad is Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious & Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany. He is author of Islamism and Democracy in India (Princeton University Press, 2009) and Religion as Critique: Islamic Critical Thinking from Mecca to the Marketplace (University of North Carolina Press, 2017).

Subject: Theory and Methodology


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