William Y. and Nettie K. Adams Summer Scholar
Anthropological Generations: A Post-Independence Ethnography of Academic Anthropology and Sociology in India
Anthropological Generations is a study of social anthropologists and sociologists in three North Indian academic departments during the period of India’s independence in 1947 to the present. It combines work on the history of anthropology with participant observation and ethnographic fieldwork. In it, Bandeh-Ahmadi examines scholars’ ideas and practices of generational relations both theoretically and as a lens on the social, political, economic, institutional, and spatial processes involved in making ethnographic theory. She argues for the importance of connecting work on histories of anthropology with work on the anthropology of science and history of science to better understand how anthropological knowledge is created. She also points to the usefulness of anthropological theories of kinship for better theorizing ideas and practices of intellectual genealogy for anthropology and other studies of knowledge production. At SAR, Bandeh-Ahmadi will work on a dissertation chapter analyzing the diversification of subfields within and between anthropology and sociology that continues to be debated into the present.
Affiliation at time of award:
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan