Introduction: the promise of political anthropology

Harald Wydra, Bjørn Thomassen

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Abstract

This handbook introduces readers to the field of political anthropology. It engages major debates and the shifting borders of a moving field of enquiry at the intersection of anthropology, politics, philosophy and international relations. The aim is not only to provide an overview of the current debates around political anthropology today, but also to flesh out the potential and the limits of the approaches, methodologies and explanatory frames developed by scholars working within political anthropology. Political anthropology is not an easily definable subject area or sub-discipline. The variety of approaches one can connect to the term makes it virtually impossible to interrogate the what, how, why and where of current political anthropology: one is immediately thrown into the daunting task of reviewing not only the entire discipline of anthropology but also the many interfaces between anthropology and the social and political sciences in a world of blurry boundaries. In a sense, it may appear futile writing a handbook on a field whose contours seem difficult, if not impossible, to delineate. And yet it is worth a try.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelHandbook of Political Anthropology
RedaktørerHarald Wydra, Bjørn Thomassen
Antal sider17
UdgivelsesstedCheltenham
ForlagEdward Elgar Publishing
Publikationsdato2018
Sider1-17
ISBN (Trykt)978 1 78347 900 9
ISBN (Elektronisk)978 1 78347 901 6
StatusUdgivet - 2018
NavnElgar Handbooks in Political Science

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