Title Anthropology in the Meantime
Subtitle Experimental Ethnography, Theory, and Method for the Twenty-first Century
Author Michael M. J. Fischer
ISBN 9781478000556
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 464
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Duke University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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“Michael M. J. Fischer’s work has a deep ethical sense, as well as acute knowledge of the political, historical matrix of living and dying that anthropologists attend to. Recognizing and describing the traumas and violences that saturate the worlds ethnographers inhabit and write about, Anthropology in the Meantime is never far from the questions of whom ethnography and anthropology are for, and with whom they are practiced; and the answers are never simple.”

— Donna J. Haraway, author of Staying with the Trouble:
Making Kin in the Chthulucene


Anthropology in the Meantime is a stunning, luminous, and empowering engagement with our anthropological legacies and with anthropology to come. Ingenious through and through, this book represents critical humanism and cosmopolitan theorizing at its very best. It consolidates
Michael M. J. Fischer’s standing as anthropology’s most inventive present-day essayist.”

— João Biehl, coeditor of Unfinished: The Anthropology of Becoming


In Anthropology in the Meantime Michael M. J. Fischer draws on his real world, multi-causal, multi-scale, and multi-locale research to rebuild theory for the twenty-first century. Providing a history and inventory of experimental methods and frameworks in anthropology from the 1920s to the present, Fischer presents anthropology in the meantime as a methodological injunction to do ethnography that examines how the pieces of the world interact, fit together or clash, generate complex unforeseen consequences, reinforce cultural references, and cause social ruptures. Anthropology in the meantime requires patience, constant experimentation, collaboration, the sounding-out of affects and nonverbal communication, and the conducting of ethnographically situated research over longitudinal time. Perhaps above all, anthropology in the meantime is no longer anthropology of and about peoples; it is written with and for the people who are its subjects. Anthropology in the Meantime presents the possibility for creating new narratives and alternative futures.


Prologue: Changing Modes of Ethnographic Authority


Part I: Ethnography in the Meantime

Chapter 1: Experimental Ethnography in Ink, Light, Sound, and Performance

Chapter 2: Ontology and Metaphysics Are False Leads

Chapter 3: Pure Logic and Typologizing Are False Leads


Part II: Ground-Truthing

Chapter 4: Violence and Deep Play 

Chapter 5: Amazonian Ethnography and the Politics of Renewal 

Chapter 6: Ethnic Violence, Galactic Polities, and the Great Transformation


Part III: Tone and Tuning

Chapter 7: Health Care in India 

Chapter 8: Hospitality

Chapter 9: Anthropology and Philosophy


Part IV: Temporalities and Recursivities

Chapter 10: Changing Media of Ethnographic Writing

Chapter 11: Recalling Writing Culture

Chapter 12: Anthropological Modes of Concern


Epilogue: Third Spaces and Ethnography in the Anthropocene





About the Author:

Michael M. J. Fischer is Andrew Mellon Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author of eight books, including Anthropological Futures; Mute Dreams, Blind Owls, and Dispersed Knowledges; and Emergent Forms of Life and the Anthropological Voice, all also published by Duke University Press.

Target Audience:

People interested in Anthropology.


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