Moore, Henrietta L. (ed) (1999) Anthropological Theory Today.

A state-of-the-art textbook on anthropological theory, Anthropological Theory Today contains chapters by some of the key figures in the field, including Henrietta Moore, Daniel Miller and Nicholas Thomas. The collection covers a range of very topical issues which are at the forefront of debates in anthropology, including gender, the body, cognition and material culture.


Table of Contents

1. Anthropological Theory at the Turn of the Century. (Henrietta L. Moore).

2. From Private Virtue to Public Vice. (James G. Carrier and Daniel Miller).

3. Clash of Civilizations of Asian Liberalism?:An Anthropology of the State and Citizenship. (Aihwa Ong).

4. The Economies of Violence and the Violence of Economies. (Catherine Lutz and Donald Nonini).

5. Toward an Ethics of the Open Subject: Writing Culture in Good Conscience. (Debbora Battagli).

6. Whatever Happened to Women and Men: Gender and other Crises in Anthropology. (Henrietta L. Moore).

7. The Body’s Career in Anthropology. (Thomas J. Csordas).

8. Human Cognition and Cultural Evolution. Pascal Boyer.

9. Psychoanalysis and Anthropology: On the Temporality of Analysis. (James Weiner).

10. Becoming Undisciplined: Anthropology and Cultural Studies. (Nicholas Thomas).


‘Thoroughly engaging, provocative, and forward-reaching, Anthropological Theory Today is a testament to the vigor, diversity, and critical purchase of anthropological theorizing at the late modern end of our century. This is a major and scintillating collection of fresh theoretical contributions – previously unpublished – by an innovative group of anthropology’s important scholars. We owe a major debt to Henrietta Moore for having conceptualized this important volume and for introducing it so productively.’ Bruce Knauft, Department of Anthropology, Emory University

‘There is much to consider in Moore’s substantial Introduction as she presents her view of fundamental questions regarding anthropology and theory and as she introduces the nine papers at some depth.’ Journal of Anthropological Research