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HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory

As every experienced fieldworker knows, the most difficult task in social anthropological fieldwork is to determine the meaning of a few key words, upon an understanding of which the success of the whole investigation depends. – E. E. Evans-Pritchard

HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, is an international peer-reviewed, open-access journal which aims to situate ethnography as the prime heuristic of anthropology, and return it to the forefront of conceptual developments in the discipline.

The journal is motivated by the need to reinstate ethnographic theorization in contemporary anthropology as a potent alternative to its 'explanation' or 'contextualization' by philosophical arguments, moves which have resulted in a loss of the discipline’s distinctive theoretical nerve. By drawing out its potential to critically engage and challenge Western cosmological assumptions and conceptual determinations, HAU aims to provide an exciting new arena for evaluating ethnography as a daring enterprise for 'worlding' alien terms and forms of life, by exploiting their potential for rethinking humanity and alterity.

HAU takes its name from Mauss’ Spirit of the Gift, an anthropological concept that derives its theoretical potential precisely from the translational inadequations and equivocations involved in comparing the incomparable. Through their reversibility, such inferential misunderstandings invite us to explore how encounters with alterity occasion the resurgence and revisitation of indigenous knowledge practices. As an online journal, HAU stresses immediacy of publication, allowing for the timely publication and distribution of untimely ideas. Aiming to attract the most daring thinkers in the discipline, regardless of position or background, HAU also places no restriction on further publication of material published by the journal.

HAU welcomes submissions that strengthen ethnographic engagement with received knowledges, and revive the vibrant themes of anthropology through debate and engagement with other disciplines and explore domains held until recently to be the province of economics, philosophy and the natural sciences. Topics addressed by the journal include indigenous ontologies and systems of knowledge, forms of human engagement and relationality, cosmology and myth, magic, witchcraft and sorcery, truth and falsehood, indigenous theories of kinship and relatedness with humans and non-humans, hierarchy, materiality, perception, environment and space, time and temporality, personhood and subjectivity, alternative metaphysics of morality.

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Vol 8, No 3 (2018)

Cover Page

Table of Contents

Shortcuts

Stavroula Pipyrou
415–419
#MeToo is nowhere near enough
Micaela di Leonardo
420–425
Slinging hash: Can activists and scholars play “rough music” on a one-string violin?
Brackette F. Williams, Drexel G. Woodson
426–430
Without impunity
Thomas Hylland Eriksen
431-334
Therapy of desire
Franco La Cecla
435-438

Research Articles

Myles Lennon
439-454
Hadas Weiss
455-466

Rejoinder

Irrationality and speculation in finance
Enrique Martino
467-473

Research Articles

Anastasios Panagiotopoulos
474-487
Peter Gose
488-505
Steph Grohmann
506-521

Themed Collection: The Turn to Life (Part 1 of 2)

João de Pina-Cabral
522-529
Gregory Schrempp
530-536

Thematic Articles

Veena Das
537-549
Bhrigupati Singh
550-565
Sylvain Perdigon
566-583

Thematic Colloquium

Michael D. Jackson
584-595

Special Section: Invisible Hands of Life: Alternate Modes of Prosperity

Alternate modes of prosperity
Konstantinos Retsikas, Magnus Marsden
596-609
Paul Anderson
610-624
Lucy Pickering
625-639
Katharina Schneider
640-655
Konstantinos Retsikas
656-671
Luigi Achilli
672-685
André Chappatte
686-701

Translations

Total social phenomena and social dynamics
Georges Balandier
702-708

Reprints

Introduction to The semi-scholars, by Arnold van Gennep
Rodney Needham
709-714
The semi-scholars
Arnold Van Gennep
715-741