Relation as Operations of Experiences

  • Sophie Roche
Part of the Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context book series (TRANSCULT)


Grasping the experience of another person is the main challenge of existential anthropology, as it is necessarily accomplished through social rather than intellectual activity. With this proposition, Michael Jackson introduces another dimension to the anthropology of experience, as developed by Victor Turner. The enquiry into experience focuses on the relationality itself. Approaching terrorism through experience rather than sociological behaviour has required dissolving the concepts’ conceptual contours and linking their expressions (whether written, in media, or speech) to experiences.

In this final chapter, I will not provide a synthesis or conclusion, as there is no conclusion in experience, but instead link the subjects of the chapters through a final set of examples. I pick up three larger issues that cut across the chapters. These issues are, first, the relation between knowledge, writing, and speech as a way of understanding intra-societal issues by paying attention to oratory. Second, the role of studying critical events in social anthropology in order to unfold relational complexity. And third, jihad as choice rather than excuse, and the consequences this has for the study of activism in social anthropology.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sophie Roche
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  1. 1.Social AnthropologyKarl Jaspers Center for Advanced Transcultural StudiesHeidelbergGermany

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