From Reciprocity to Relationality: Anthropological Possibilities

In September 2018 the wonderful journal Cultural Anthropology published a special edition of their Hot Spots series that I edited. You can find the link to webpage for full issue here.  The issue came about when Dominic Boyer, one of the editors of the journal (the other is Cymene Howe) contacted in in July of 2018 and asked if I would be interested in editing something that focused on the future of anthropology. The issue was incredibly fun to edit. In part, because it was responding to calls from young, dynamic, smart scholars for other people (like me) to speak up about some of the pressing issues in the field. And it part because I got to work with the people who contributed articles. I’ve linked to each article and each scholar below. I’m proud of this issue of Hot Spots and hope you enjoy it!


Introduction: From Reciprocity to Relationality

Regenerating Anthropologies with Hau

Underwater Anthropology

Hijacking the Elevator

Whose Worlds? Whose Anthropologies?

The Future of Anthropology Starts from Within

Fugitive Work: On the Criminal Possibilities of Anthropology

Theory Isn’t What It Used to Be

Anthropology after #MeToo

Still Naughty after All These Years?

Melanesian Anthropology Em Nem Nating

Beyond the Hot Take

A is for Anthropology, Affordances, Ambivalence, Aotearoa

Anthropology Needs You Much More than You Need Anthropology


Afterword: Why Anthropology?

About Paige West

Paige West, the Claire Tow Professor of Anthropology at Barnard College and Columbia University, joined the faculty in 2001, the year after earning her Ph.D. in cultural and environmental anthropology. Dr. West’s general research interest is the relationship between society and the environment. More specifically, she has written about the linkages between environmental conservation and international development, the material and symbolic ways in which the natural world is understood and produced, the aesthetics and poetics of human social relations with nature, and the creation of commodities and practices of consumption. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Australia, Germany, England, and the United States. Her current work focuses on climate change and epistemology and is undertaken in partnership with her long-time collaborator, John Aini. Dr. West is also the Director of the. Center for the Study of Social Difference.
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