in Social Analysis

It is a privilege to have been asked to write an afterword to this fine collection of essays on illness and irony. They offer a far more radical critique of anthropological practice than any one of their authors is likely to admit. In making this observation, I assume the privilege of the afterword but reject the definity it presumes. I prefer provocation. Hopefully, it will perpetuate the speculative thrust—the implication—of the essays. I will refrain from commenting specifi- cally on any one of them, as a discussant at a conference or a critic might, for that would be an exploitation of the position of the writer of an afterword. I will, of course, refer to them from time to time. My emphasis will be on irony rather more than illness and suffering.

Social Analysis

The International Journal of Anthropology

Article Information

Issue Table of Contents

Google Scholar