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Department of Social Anthropology

Dr Paolo Heywood: After Difference

After Difference: Queer Activism in Italy and Anthropological Theory


Queer activism and anthropology are both fundamentally concerned with the concept of difference.  Yet they are so in fundamentally different ways.  The Italian queer activists in this book value difference as something that must be produced, in opposition to the identity politics they find around them.  Conversely, anthropologists find difference in the world around them, and seek to produce an identity between anthropological theory and the ethnographic material it elucidates. This book describes problems faced by an activist 'politics of difference', and issues concerning the identity of anthropological reflection itself - connecting two conceptions of difference whilst simultaneously holding them apart.