Afterword

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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.

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