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Theory

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On theory

and some impossible methods…

The texts below focus on anthropological heuristics, on comparison and fieldwork, on questions of detachment and engagement (political and conceptual) and on various historical thinkers and schools of thought (from structural functionalism to the ontological turn).

2018

Introduction: Echoes of a conversation. In Schools and Styles of Anthropological Theory. Matei Candea, ed. London: Routledge.

Severed Roots: Evolutionism, Diffusionism and (Structural-)Functionalism. In Schools and Styles of Anthropological Theory. Matei Candea, ed. London: Routledge.

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.

2017

Science. Felix Stein, Sian Lazar, Matei Candea, et al., eds. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology.

This Is (Not) like That. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 7(1): 517–521.

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.

Introduction: Revisiting Tarde’s House (expanded version). IN The Social After Gabriel Tarde: Debates and Assessments (Second Edition). (ed) M. Candea. London: Routledge.

2015

Introduction: Reconsidering Detachment. (with J. Cook, C. Trundle & T. Yarrow) In Detachment: Essays on the limits of relational thinking (eds) M. Candea, J. Cook, C. Trundle & T. Yarrow. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

2014

The Ontology of the Political Turn. Fieldsights - Theorizing the Contemporary, Cultural Anthropology Online

2013

The Fieldsite as Device. Journal of Cultural Economy, 6, 241-258.

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.

Different Species, One Theory: Reflections on Anthropomorphism and Anthropological Comparison. Cambridge Anthropology, 30, 118-135.

Review: The science of passionate interests: an introduction to Gabriel Tarde’s Economic anthropology. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 18, 506-507.

Review: Society of Others: Kinship and Mourning in a West Papuan Place. Cultural Anthropology, 27, 735-741.

2011

“Our Division of the Universe” Making a Space for the Non-Political in the Anthropology of Politics. Current Anthropology, 52, 309-334.

Endo/Exo. Common Knowledge, 17, 146-150.

2010

Ontology Is Just Another Word for Culture (with Carrithers et al) Motion Tabled at the 2008 Meeting of the Group for Debates in Anthropological Theory, University of Manchester. Critique of Anthropology, 30, 152-200.

2009

Multi-sited Ethnography. In Routledge encyclopedia of social and cultural anthropology, (Eds, Barnard, A. & Spencer, J.) Routledge, London ; New York, pp. 485-486.

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.