Cutting and Connecting: 'Afrinesian' Perspectives on Networks, Relationality, and Exchange
This special issue of Social Analysis explores the value and limitation of concepts and approaches developed from Melanesia for the investigation of ethnography from different parts of contemporary Africa.
The contributors enact a novel form of comparison, which builds on historical relationships of different kinds between Melanesian ethnography and Africanist anthropology that the authors activate to enable an exchange of theoretical gifts and traffic in analytics. By exploring the utility and boundaries of Melanesianist conceptions for Africanist ethnography, the authors cut the network in different ways to separate the two regions.
The issue is edited by Knut Christian Myhre and comprises nine contributions, including articles by Tone Sommerfelt and the guest-editor, who also provides a comprehensive introduction.