Theorizing in ex-centric sites

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This essay explores ways that theory is being engaged in recent trends in sociocultural anthropology. It addresses how some anthropologists are rethinking and working with theory in their social and cultural analyses. The current theoretical moment is conditioned by an expansion of the space and a multiplication of the sites where various forms of theorizing take place and are being acknowledged as such. The interrelated questions of what theory is and who produces it are being raised in the writings of a number of intellectuals around the world. Their theoretical and meta-theoretical claims have both disciplinary and transdisciplinary significance, warranting their being more seriously engaged, especially within the context of critical projects seeking to decolonize the making of anthropological knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-176
Number of pages17
JournalAnthropological Theory
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


  • counter-storytelling
  • epistemic diversity
  • epistemological apartheid
  • ethnographic fiction
  • indigenous knowledge
  • knowledge decolonization
  • postcolonial discourse
  • situated knowledges
  • social theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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