|aThinking through things :|btheorising artefacts ethnographically /|cedited by Amiria Henare, Martin Holbraad and Sari Wastell.
|aLondon ;|aNew York :|bRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group,|c2007.
|ax, 232 p. :|bill. ;|c24 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
|aThinking through things / Amiria Henare, Martin Holbraad, and Sari Wastell -- Smuk is king : the action of cigarettes in a Papua New Guinea prison / Adam Reed -- Taonga Maori : encompassing rights and property in New Zealand / Amiria Henare -- The "legal thing" in Swaziland : res judicata and divine kingship / Sari Wastell -- Collection as a way of being / Andrew Moutu -- Separating and containing people and things in Mongolia / Rebecca Empson -- Talismans of thought : shamanist ontologies and extended cognition in northern Mongolia / Morten Pedersen -- Differentiation and encompassment: a critique of Alfred Gell's theory of the abduction of creativity / James Leach -- The power of powder : multiplicity and motion in the divinatory cosmology of Cuban Ifá / Martin Holbraad.
Drawing upon the work of some of the most influential theorists in the field, Thinking Through Things demonstrates the quiet revolution growing in anthropology and its related disciplines, shifting its philosophical foundations. The first text to offer a direct and provocative challenge to disciplinary fragmentation - arguing for the futility of segregating the study of artefacts and society - this collection expands on the concerns about the place of objects and materiality in analytical strategies, and the obligation of ethnographers to question their assumptions and approaches. The team of leading contributors put forward a positive programme for future research in this highly original and invaluable guide to recent developments in mainstream anthropological theory.