This afterword offers a commentary on the concept of relations discussed in the introduction and the individual contributions to this special issue by critically reflecting on the key concepts that have emerged in it. It contributes to the discussion with a reflection on the use of the term parente in Amazonia, showing how its exclusive use in inter-ethnic contexts indicates a play of perspective in the way that relations between different groups of people are experienced.
Marcelo González Gálvez, Piergiorgio Di Giminiani, and Giovanna Bacchiddu
Once conceptualized as self-evident connections between discrete social units systematized through ethnographic fieldwork, relations are being increasingly treated as instantiations of local ontological theories. The ethnography of indigenous South America has provided a source of inspiration for this analytical shift. As manifested in the contributions to this special issue, at the core of indigenous practices and discourses on relations lies a tension between ‘dependence on otherness’ and an ‘ethics of autonomy’. In this introduction, we revisit this tension by focusing on the ‘taming of relations’, a process through which subjects attempt to maintain the autonomy of each being vis-à-vis their relational constitution dependent on others. We argue that rather than being a necessary condition, autonomy is always a partial outcome of relations linking human and non-human others.
Anthropology Is Possible without Relations but Not without Things
Gareth Paul Breen
Despite being a perpetual problem of anthropological analysis, the role of ‘things’ (or ‘entities’ or ‘objects’) and ‘relations’ in anthropology has recently raised a more explicit and acute question mark. Due to a steadily growing appreciation of
Making Relations Matter
sort of quality control process. It is data with noise, gaps, and errors in it. It contains ‘impossible’ measurements and does not display the relations between variables that it must in order to be considered ‘certified data’ ( dados certificados
-individual-based notions, from organic systems or ecologies to the vocabulary of symbionts and holobionts, Gilbert et al. (2012) drew both on behavioral concepts, such as interaction or communication, and on a broader, more abstract conceptualization of ‘relations
Beyond Reciprocity and Obligation in the Ger Districts of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
obligation may not easily account for moments of speculative relation-making or times of relational breakdown. This article focuses therefore on the concept of anticipation and the extent to which it can provide a way to approach relations that reflects their
Relating the Past and the Present
This article addresses the relations between archaeology and social anthropology, as exemplified by archaeological research in the Middle East. It is argued that further integration between both disciplines, as well as between archaeological theories, methods and data, is necessary. As an example of such an 'archaeology of relations', an analysis of domestication in the prehistoric Middle East is presented in summary.
The Myth of a Long ‘Special Relationship’
Kilic Bugra Kanat
An examination of Turkish-Israeli bilateral relations during the Cold War demonstrates that a solid pact between Israel and Turkey never materialized. This was due to both internal and external factors, mainly, Cold War politics and the Arab
A Model Reconsidered
As scholars and policymakers debate how to combine social inclusion with competitiveness under twenty-first-century economic conditions, the German model of labor relations is again attracting significant attention. Yet, assessments of its
Sderot and Sha’ar Hanegev
) … here it won’t end … I have the means to put up a big fight. You always taught us that the kibbutzim were something … I’ll make a big stink about this. I’ll get to the Supreme Court. Why does Yossi bring up the historical relations between the kibbutzim