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Relational Ethics and Partiality

A Critique of Thad Metz’s ‘Towards an African Moral Theory’

Motsamai Molefe

Thad Metz (2007a) in his ground breaking article ‘Towards an African Moral Theory’ defends an African relational moral theory. 1 By ‘moral theory’ he refers to a principle of right action or ‘normative theorisation’, which involves invoking

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Anticipation and Episodic Time

Cheryl Mattingly

, refusing their invitations into a shared community of suffering. She did not believe they truly cared for her – they were ‘hypocritical’, she asserted. She was convinced that some were gossiping about her ‘behind her back’. These relational difficulties

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Professionalizing Persons and Foretelling Futures

Capacity Building in Post-Earthquake Haiti

Kristin LaHatte

governance’ and increasing development effectiveness through measurable, transferable and auditable outcomes. Development practitioners actualize capacity building efforts through the sanctioning of certain kinds of relationality. According to the

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Pleasure and Dementia

On Becoming an Appreciating Subject

Annelieke Driessen

. My analysis of these situations suggests that pleasure is a relational achievement, comparable to the organization of passion as put forward by Gomart and Hennion (1999) . I describe how care professionals 2 craft the conditions that subsequently

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Making Masculinities on the Street

Exploring Street Boys’ Everyday Relationships on the Streets of Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo

Thandie Hlabana, Lorraine van Blerk, and Janine Hunter

Masculinity research has seen a shift from essentialist perspectives on gender and power toward relational understandings of the social construction of gender and identity. The work of Raewyn Connell played a unique and significant role in this

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Joseph Nelson

Michael Reichert and Richard Hawley. 2014. I Can Learn from You: Boys as Relational Learners. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press. 216 pp. ISBN: 9781612506647

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Charlotte Al-Khalili

collective and relational. This relationality is inherent to the circle's shape and the egalitarian relations enacted through it, as well as the constant practice of nonviolence and free debate within it. Revolutionary subjects here appear as unbounded: 8

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Olusegun Steven Samuel and Ademola Kazeem Fayemi

This article is a critical inquiry into Thaddeus Metz's African ethical theory of modal relationalism (MR). Central to the theory of MR is the claim that something (X) has moral status by virtue of its capacity for communal relationship, where X

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Tactics as ethnographic and conceptual objects

Introduction to special section

Theodoros Kyriakides

This special section proposes that an ethnographic and conceptual emphasis on tactics can contribute to anthropological understandings of thinking, acting and being in the world. Although they can be perceived as intrinsic tenets of human sociality and subjectivity, tactical thinking and doing are becoming important parts of socio‐political landscapes around the world. Approaching the notion of tactics ethnographically demands highlighting how and why tactical sociality and subjectivity emerge in everyday life. Granting ethnographic attention to tactical practices of people can aid in showcasing how such practices do not merely strive to fulfil a certain outcome, but rather attempt to reinforce awareness of one's, often uncertain, structural position in a social, political or legal apparatus. In addition, a conceptual emphasis on tactics can provide a useful analytic lens in rethinking notions of relationality, agency, structure and method as these are contained in already existing anthropological concepts, such as habitus, access, alliance, subjectivity and uncertainty. By ethnographically and conceptually exploring tactical sociality and subjectivity as they become implicated in everyday contexts and situations, the articles in this section aim to provide a contemporary anthropological perspective of tactics.

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Decolonization and Restitution: Moving Towards a More Holistic and Relational Approach

Report on the Panel on Ethnographic Museums and Indigenous People, ICOM Kyoto, September 2019

Michèle Rivet

Restitution: Moving Towards a More Holistic Perspective and Relational Approach.” Two consecutive sessions with simultaneous translation in English, French, Spanish, and Japanese were attended by almost one thousand people in each session. Speakers for both