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Understanding anthropological understanding: For a merological anthropology

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In this article I argue for a merological anthropology in which ideas of 'partiality' and 'practical adequacy' provide a way out of the impasse of relativism which is implied by postmodernism and the related abandonment of a concern with 'truth'. Ideas such as 'aptness' and 'faithfulness' enable us to re-establish empirical foundations without having to espouse a simple realism which has been rightly criticized. Ideas taken from ethnomethodology, particularly the way we bootstrap from 'practi...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1177/1463499609103550

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Sub department:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Role:
Author
Publisher:
SAGE Publications Publisher's website
Journal:
Anthropological Theory Journal website
Volume:
9
Issue:
2
Pages:
209-231
Publication date:
2009-06-01
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EISSN:
1741-2641
ISSN:
1463-4996
Source identifiers:
295591
Language:
English
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pubs:295591
Deposit date:
2013-11-17

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