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. Forthcoming Comparison in Anthropology: The Impossible Method. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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.
Candea, M. (2016) De Deux Modalités de La Comparaison En Anthropologie Sociale. L’Homme 218: 183–218. READ ENGLISH TRANSLATION HERE
Candea, M. (2016) We Have Never Been Pluralist: On Lateral and Frontal Comparisons in the Ontological Turn. In Comparative Metaphysics: Ontology after Anthropology. Pierre Charbonnier, Gildas Salmon, and Peter Skafish, eds. London: Rowman & Littlefield.
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. (2012) Different Species, One Theory: Reflections on Anthropomorphism and Anthropological Comparison. Cambridge Anthropology, 30, 118-135. Pre-print (free)
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