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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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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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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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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

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The Relational Ethics of ‘Never . . . Too Much’

Situating and Scaling Intimate Uncertainties in an Adriatic Harbour

Jelena Tošić

This article explores how a specific pattern of relational ethics – referred to as ‘never . . . too much’ – figures as a way of coping with intimate uncertainties in close relationships. The concept of relational ethics refers to the historically embedded ways in which people live and cultivate ethical values through relations and, as such, also represents an ethnographically grounded conceptual contribution to ongoing anthropological debates on moral economy. My research unfolds ethnographic insights into three variations of the relational ethics of ‘never . . . too much’, three respective sets of social actors and relational scales: ‘never feel too much’/local women and their relationship to their marital partner; ‘never own too much’/local men and their relationship to property; ‘never settle too much’/female migrants from Russia and their relationship to the place of settlement. The article’s analysis is developed against the background of a particular spatial and temporal location – a border minority town with a history of (forced) migration, and is a contemporary focal point of migration, marginalisation by the state and patriarchy.

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Making the State Blush

Humanizing Relations in an Australian NGO Campaign for People Seeking Asylum

Tess Altman

investments ( Laszczkowski and Reeves 2015 ), and ‘relational states’, or how states are constituted by and through relationships between actors ( Thelen, Vetters et al. 2014 ). Drawing on feminist scholarship, I bring these two threads together to develop

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Patrick McEvoy

is clear that ecological thinking and an emphasis on relationality is part of her own framework of understanding. Tsing’s adoption of the mushroom as a structural guide to her writing and her espousal of the mushroomers’ well-honed capacity to notice