Chapter 32: Anthropology with or without Home
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The chapter addresses Home as a challenge for a discipline founded as the study of non-European Others. The practice of anthropologists has moved beyond the distinction between the West and the Rest, yet an ongoing tension remains. The chapter discusses the nature and importance of Home in three historical phases: a) the nineteenth-century inception of social science disciplines in Europe; b) mid-twentieth century anti-colonial struggles; c) deconstructive and decolonial anthropologies from the 1970s. Then, the chapter discusses what aspects of studying nearby fields or 'at home' might be different from aspects 'elsewhere': research relations, access to the field, positionality, power, relations to other disciplines. The chapter closes by discussing what anthropologies 'without home' might mean for a contemporary practice of an engaged and comparative discipline.

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