My ethnographic research led me to reconsider a number of classic methodological and theoretical questions in anthropology and sociology: in particular, the practice of bounding and extending ethnographic field-sites; the effect of current anthropological understandings of the category of ‘the political’; the question of what it might mean to ‘take seriously’ the people one is working with. It launched an enduring interest in anthropological heuristics, whose current instance is a book on the theory and practice of anthropological comparison, under contract with Cambridge University Press. I have also been involved in the rediscovery and re-evaluation of the works of the forgotten 19th century French social theorist Gabriel Tarde, whose work provided a challenge to some key elements of what later became the Durkheimian canon, and arguably prefigured some recent developments in philosophy and the social sciences.
Candea, M. (ed.) (2018) Schools and Styles of Anthropological Theory. London: Routledge.
Candea, M. (Ed.) (2016) The Social After Gabriel Tarde: Debates and Assessments (second edition) Routledge, London. (1st edition 2010)
Candea, M. Cook, J, Trundle, C. and Yarrow, T. (Eds.) (2015) Detachment: Essays on the limits of relational thinking Manchester University Press, Manchester.
Candea, M. (2018) Introduction: Echoes of a conversation. In Schools and Styles of Anthropological Theory. Matei Candea, ed. London: Routledge.
Candea, M. (2018) Severed Roots: Evolutionism, Diffusionism and (Structural-)Functionalism. In Schools and Styles of Anthropological Theory. Matei Candea, ed. London: Routledge.
Candea, M. (2018) No Actor, No Network, No Theory: Bruno Latour's Anthropology of the Moderns. In Schools and Styles of Anthropological Theory. Matei Candea, ed. London: Routledge.
Venkatesan, S. et al. (2012) The task of anthropology is to invent relations: 2010 meeting of the Group for Debates in Anthropological Theory. Critique of Anthropology, 32, 43-47.
Candea, M. (2011) “Our Division of the Universe” Making a Space for the Non-Political in the Anthropology of Politics. Current Anthropology, 52, 309-334.
Carrithers, M. et al. (2010) Ontology Is Just Another Word for Culture Motion Tabled at the 2008 Meeting of the Group for Debates in Anthropological Theory, University of Manchester. Critique of Anthropology, 30, 152-200.
Candea, M. (2007) Arbitrary locations: in defence of the bounded field-site. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 13, 167-184.
reprinted as Candea, M. (2009) Arbitrary Locations: In Defence of the Bounded Field-site (with a new afterword). In Multi-sited ethnography : theory, praxis and locality in contemporary research, (Ed, Falzon, M.-A.) Ashgate, Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT, pp. 25-46. New Afterword