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Wording the WorldVeena Das and Scenes of Inheritance$
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Roma Chatterji

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823261857

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823261857.001.0001

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In the Event of an Anthropological Thought

In the Event of an Anthropological Thought

(p.258) Fourteen In the Event of an Anthropological Thought
Wording the World

Anand Pandian

Fordham University Press

This chapter explores the idea that it is in the event of experience that structures find their purchase in anthropological thought. It does so by examining the articulation of this idea in the work of Veena Das. The work of Das has long shown how anthropological concepts may be taken to grow out of particular circumstances, as a conceptual expression of their empirical complexity. This quality of her work has much to do with her commitment to think with the traditions, situations, and predicaments of others. Taking a cue from this mode of anthropological thought, the author then discusses a few tales concerning rain in Tamil Nadu that were recounted to him in the time of drought, seeking here to identify both a structure of thought at work, and an image of how thought might be understood to work within and beyond a world.

Keywords:   Eventedness of anthropological thought, Structure and event, Tales of rain and drought

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