The Anthropology of Ignorance

An Ethnographic Approach

  • Editors
  • Casey High
  • Ann H. Kelly
  • Jonathan Mair

Part of the Culture, Mind, and Society book series (CMAS)

About this book


The question of ignorance occupies a central place in anthropological theory and practice. This volume argues that the concept of ignorance has largely been pursued as the opposite of knowledge or even its obverse. Though they cover wide empirical ground - from clients of a fertility treatment center in New York to families grappling with suicide in Greenland - contributors share a commitment to understanding the concept as a productive, social practice. Ultimately, The Anthropology of Ignorance asks whether an academic commitment to knowledge can be squared with lived significance of ignorance and how taking it seriously might alter anthropological research practices.


anthropology cognition Generation knowledge Recognition

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2012
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Media & Culture Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-34354-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-03312-3
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