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The Things of Others: Ethnographies, Histories, and Other Artefacts

The Things of Others: Ethnographies, Histories, and Other Artefacts deals with the things mainly, but not only, mobilized by anthropologists in order to produce knowledge about the African American, the Afro-Brazilian and the Afro-Cuban during the 1930s.

However, the book’s goal is not to dig up evidence of the creation of an epistemology of knowledge and its transnational connections. The research on which this book is based suggests that the artefacts created in fieldwork, offices, libraries, laboratories, museums, and other places and experiences – beyond the important fact that these places and situations involved actors other than the anthropologists themselves – have been different things during their troubled existence. The book seeks to make these differences apparent, highlighting rather than concealing the relationships between partial modes of making and being ‘Afro’ as a subject of science. If the artefacts created in a variety of situations have been different things, we should ask what sort of things they were and how the actors involved in their creation sought to make them meaningful. The book foregrounds these discontinuous and ever-changing contours.

Olívia Maria Gomes da Cunha, The Things of Others; Ethnographies, Histories, and Other Artefacts. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2020. Series: Caribbean Series, Volume: 37. xvi, 756 pp. ISBN: 978-90-04-42865-2. Prijs excl. BTW € 242,00.
E-Book (PDF) ISBN: 978-90-04-42930-7

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