Oral Presentation Session
Reviewed by: General Anthropology Division
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Students
Primary Theme: Social movements
Secondary Theme: Identity and Equity
As such scholars as Charles Taylor and Axel Honeth have noted, ‘recognition’ practices have become integral to the workings of a growing array of institutions in liberal and quasi-liberal societies. And whether we realize it or not, anthropological research centering on ‘culture’ is these days almost always entangled with pursuits of ‘recognition.’ Participating naively anthropololgists can contribute to colonial forms of subordination, essentialism, and political polarization. Participating reflexively anthropologists can open ethnographic perspectives on new social movements and new techniques of domination, and even in some cases achieve some measure of social justice
In order to enable a more active and reflexive engagement with the phenomenon, we will 1) open a range of perspectives on the phenomenon by considering approaches beyond Taylor’s, including in particular, Hegel’s, 2) develop analytic studies of cases of the pursuit of recognition in which anthropology has involved in the allocation of ‘recognition’ or the pursuit of recognition, in order give a richer sense for the phenomenon and for various aspects of anthropological participation.