Review article: Holbraad, M and M A Pedersen. The ontological turn: an anthropological exposition.
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Laidlaw, J. (2017). Review article: Holbraad, M and M A Pedersen. The ontological turn: an anthropological exposition.. Social Anthropology, 25 (3), 396-402. https://doi.org/10.1111/1469-8676.12441
News of this book has been circulating well in advance of its publication, and it has been widely and eagerly anticipated. The many anthropologists who have been enthused and excited, as well as those who have been provoked or mystified, by various earlier manifestations of ‘the ontological turn’ have looked forward to a comprehensive and authoritative statement of its principles and programme. This book certainly provides that, and gives a virtuoso performance in doing so. It positively bristles with enthusiasm, energy and new ideas. It is engaging and inventive, spirited, combative, self‐consciously contentious and clearly driven by a restless, proselytising spirit, but it also sets out not just to dazzle with its conspicuous cleverness but also to persuade by serious argument. It succeeds in a good deal of what it sets out to do, and even those who are least convinced will be given a good deal to think about along the way. It ought to be widely read – really, anyone who thinks seriously about the nature of anthropology will want to read it – and it will certainly change the terms of debate. This it will do for several reasons, not least that its contents will come to so many as a surprise.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1469-8676.12441
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