Introduction: "value as theory": comparison, cultural critique, and guerilla ethnographic theory

Otto, Ton, and Willerslev, Rane (2013) Introduction: "value as theory": comparison, cultural critique, and guerilla ethnographic theory. HAU: journal of ethnographic theory, 3 (1). pp. 1-20.

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Abstract

The introduction addresses the question of whether it is useful or indeed possible to develop an anthropological theory of value. By way of a Socratic debate, two rather conflicting points of view emerge. On the one hand, it is argued that anthropology can make a major and quite coherent contribution to the issue of value in social theory. On the other hand, it is argued that anthropology, as an ethnographically driven discipline, produces an anti-theory of value. The two perspectives derive from two different visions for anthropology, which differ radically on how they see the relationship of the discipline to other disciplines and to the history of ideas more generally. Where these views converge, however, is on the aim of exploring the potential of value as theory. In both perspectives, value is seen as a powerful concept that can generate new ethnographic questions and insights and can provide a crucial dimension to cultural critique.

Item ID: 27888
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2049-1115
Keywords: value, cultural critique, ethnographic theory, comparison, anti-theory
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This work is licensed under the Creative Commons | © Ton Otto and Rane Willerslev. Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0

Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2013 23:50
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
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