Critical Anthropological Engagements in Human Alterity and Difference

  • Bjørn Enge Bertelsen
  • Synnøve Bendixsen

Part of the Approaches to Social Inequality and Difference book series (ATSIAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Vistas

  3. Materialities

  4. Politics

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 295-312

About this book


This book explores how one measures and analyzes human alterity and difference in an interconnected and ever-globalizing world. This book critically assesses the impact of what has often been dubbed ‘the ontological turn’ within anthropology in order to provide some answers to these questions. In doing so, the book explores the turn’s empirical and theoretical limits, accomplishments, and potential. The book distinguishes between three central strands of the ontological turn, namely worldviews, materialities, and politics. It presents empirically rich case studies, which help to elaborate on the potentiality and challenges which the ontological turn’s perspectives and approaches may have to offer.


critical anthropological engagements anthropology alterity cultural studies anthropology of politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Bjørn Enge Bertelsen
    • 1
  • Synnøve Bendixsen
    • 2
  1. 1.University of BergenBergenNorway
  2. 2.University of BergenBergenNorway

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-40474-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-40475-2
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