: Theory and Practice in Contemporary Anthropologypresents a series of essays that critically examine the ongoing relevance of holism and its theoretical and methodological potential in today′s world. Contributions from a diverse collection of leading anthropologists reveal how recent critiques of the holistic approach have not led to its wholesale rejection, but rather to a panoply of experiments that critically reassess and reemploy holism. The essays focus on aspects of holism including its utilization in current ethnographic research, holistic considerations in cultural anthropology, the French structuralist tradition, the predominantly English tradition of social anthropology, and many others. Collectively, the essays show how holism is simultaneously central to, and problematically a part of, the theory and practice of anthropology.
Experiments in Holism reveals how contemporary attempts to rescale and retool anthropology entail new ways of coming to terms with anthropology s heritage of holism, seeking to obviate its current excesses while recapturing its critical potential to meet the challenges of our contemporary world.
1. Anthropology and the Predicaments of Holism (Nils Bubandt, University of Aarhus and Ton Otto, The Cairns Institute, Queensland).
Part 1: Rethinking Holism in Ethnographic Practice.
2. Beyond the Whole in Ethnographic Practice? Introduction to Part 1 (Ton Otto, The Cairns Institute, Queensland and Nils Bubandt, University of Aarhus).
3. Holism and the Expectations of Critique in Post–1980s Anthropology: Notes and Queries in Three Acts and an Epilogue (George E. Marcus, Irvine, CA).
4. Worlding the Matsutake Diaspora: Or, Can Actor Network Theory Experiment With Holism? (Anna Tsing, University of California, Santa Cruz).
5. The Whole Beyond Holism: Gambling, Divination, and Ethnography in Cuba (Martin Holbraad, University College London).
Part 2: Beyond Cultural Wholes? Wholes are Parts, and Parts are Wholes.
6. Beyond Cultural Wholes? Introduction to Part 2 (Ton Otto, The Cairns Institute, Queensland and Nils Bubandt, University of Aarhus).
7. The Whole is a Part: Intercultural Politics of Order and Change (Marshall Sahlins, Chicago, IL).
8. Lingual and Cultural Wholes and Fields (Alan Rumsey, Australian National University).
9. Deep Wholes: Fractal Holography in Trobriand Agency and Culture (Mark Mosko, Australian National University).
Part 3: Beyond Structural Wholes? Encompassment, Collectives, and Global Systems.
10. Beyond Structural Wholes? Introduction to Part 3 (Nils Bubandt, University of Aarhus and Ton Otto, The Cairns Institute, Queensland).
11. Louis Dumont and a Holist Anthropology (Bruce Kapferer, Institutt for Sosialantropologi).
12. From Wholes to Collectives: Steps to an Ontology of Social Forms (Philippe Descola, Collège de France).
13. Holism and the Transformation of the Contemporary Global Order (Jonathan Friedman, Lund).
Part 4: Beyond Social Wholes? Holistic Practice: Cosmology, History, and the Continuity of Life.
14. Beyond Social Wholes? Introduction to Part 4 (Nils Bubandt, University of Aarhus and Ton Otto, The Cairns Institute, Queensland).
15. Proportional Holism: Joking the Cosmos Into the Right Shape in North Asia (Rane Willerslev, Moesgaard Museum, Hojbjerg and Morten Axel Pedersen, Københavns Universitet).
16. One Past and Many Pasts: Varieties of Historical Holism in Melanesia and the West (Eric Hirsch, Brunel University and Daniele Moretti, Brunel University).
17. Drawing Together: Materials, Gestures, Lines (Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen).