This special issue of the Cambridge Journal of Anthropology is entitled ‘Experiencing Anticipation’, guest edited by Devin Flaherty and Christopher Stephan. The collection proceeds from an assumption that although contemporary anthropology is enriched by many studies of temporality, hope and the future, the discipline lacks a sufficient engagement with the difficult object of ‘anticipation’.
The collection that you are reading is an ambitious and broadly conceived one, which engages questions of anticipation in a strikingly broad range of social contexts. Articles in this issue consider issues as varied as terminal illness, transgender lives, war, and the legal system. In each of these contexts, the authors note the persistent role of anticipation in shaping the human condition. Each article articulates its own original perspective on the use of anticipation as an analytic framework. Nonetheless, the collection is a cohesive and incisive one, in which the articles complement one another. When read in its entirety, the collection is a testament to the intellectual generosity of the participants, and to the value of collaborative work.
The special issue is made up of an introduction by the Guest Editors, and articles by Cheryl Mattingly, Elizabeth Fox, Sylvia Tidey, Devin Flaherty, Thomas Pedersen, Abigail Mack and Christopher Stephan. The issue ends with Patrick O'Hare's review of Kathleen Millar's Reclaiming the Discarded: Life and Labor on Rio's Garbage Dump and Anna Szolucha's review of Sara Ann Wylie's Fractivism: Corporate Bodies and Chemical Bonds.
I hope that you find the issue interesting.