Experiments in Holism: Theory and Practice in Contemporary Anthropology

Experiments in Holism: Theory and Practice in Contemporary Anthropology

Editor(s): Ton Otto, Nils Bubandt

Published Online: 14 JUL 2011 10:33AM EST

Print ISBN: 9781444333237

Online ISBN: 9781444324426

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324426

About this Book

Experiments in Holism: Theory and Practice in Contemporary Anthropologypresents a series of essays from leading anthropologists that critically reexamine the relevance of holism as a foundational tenet of anthropology, and its theoretical and methodological potential in today's world.

  • Represents the first volume to consider the modern role of holism as a central anthropological concern across a wide range of anthropological traditions
  • Critically examines the past and present predicament of holism and its potential for the renewal of future practice
  • Features contributions from leading anthropologists which discuss how anthropology should be re-designed in the context of a changing world
  • Challenges many of contemporary anthropology's central methods, theory, and functions

Table of contents

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  1. Part 1: Rethinking Holism in Ethnographic Practice

  2. Part 2: Beyond Cultural Wholes? - Wholes are Parts, and Parts are Wholes

  3. Part 3: Beyond Structural Wholes? - Encompassment, Collectives, and Global Systems

  4. Part 4: Beyond Social Wholes? - Holistic Practice: Cosmology, History, and the Continuity of Life

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