Positioning Theory: a Re-launch of the journal Anthropological Theory, 2016

Positioning Theory: a Re-launch of the journal Anthropological Theory
What is Theory? Who does Theory? And what can Theory do? Is theory important as humans strive to explain, understand, and speak to the nature of their lives? Anthropological Theory is a journal that speaks to decisive theoretical questions and debates facing a discipline committed to exploring what it means to be human and whether the human project can survive. For the re-launch of Anthropological Theory, Julia Eckert, Stephen Reyna, and Nina Glick Schiller, the new editors, challenged members of the Editorial Board to offer their understanding of the nature of anthropological theory. Positioning Theory, our re-launch issue enters into the ongoing debate about the nature, significance, and key issues of theory in anthropology, including the questions who it is for and whose voice it represents.
Vol 16 Issue 2-3, Table of Contents:

1. 'Positioning Theory: An Introduction’, Nina Glick Schiller (University of Manchester, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)
2. 'Pimp my Fluff: A Thousand Plateaus and other Theoretical Extravaganzas', Ellen Hertz (University of Neuchatel, Switzerland)
3. 'Theorizing in Ex´Centric Sites', Faye Harrison (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign USA)
4. 'Time and the Otherwise: Plantations, Garrisons and Being Human in the Caribbean', Deborah Thomas (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
5. 'Toward a Glocal Theory for Iranian Social Sciences', Nasser Fakouhi (University of Teheran, Iran)
6. ‘Theory as Vision', Biao Xiang (Oxford University, UK)
7. 'Towards an Ethics of the Theoretical Encounter', Ghassan Hage (University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
8. 'The ‘Native’s Point of View’ in the Anthropology of Migration', Nicholas De Genova (King’s College London, UK)
9. ’Beyond Agatha Christie: Relationality and Critique in Anthropological Theory’, Julia Eckert (University of Bern, Switzerland)
10. ‘Anthropology of Power: Beyond State-Centric Politics’, José Luis Escalona Victoria (CIESAS, Mexico)
11. ‘On Waging the Ideological War: Against the Hegemony of Form’, Susana Narotzky (University of Barcelona, Spain)
12. ‘The Units of Scientific Anthropological Origin Narratives’, Jon Marks (University of North Carolina, USA)
13. ‘The Jeweler’s Loupe: Validation’, Stephen Reyna, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany
14. 'Vision Statement: Anthropological Theory from and for Everybody', Julia Eckert, Stephen Reyna, and Nina Glick Schiller

Stephen Reyna, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany
Julia Eckert, University of Bern, Switzerland
Nina Glick Schiller, University of Manchester, UK

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