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Department of Anthropology

Academic Staff

Publication details for Dr Thomas Yarrow

Yarrow, T, Candea, M, Trundle, C & Cook, J (2015). Detachment: essays on the limits of relational thinking. Manchester University Press.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

This interdisciplinary volume questions one of the most fundamental tenets of social theory by focusing on detachment, an important but neglected aspect of social life. Going against the grain of recent theoretical celebrations of ‘engagement’, this book challenges us to re-think the relational basis of social theory. In so doing it brings to light the productive aspects of disconnection, distance and detachment. Rather than treating detachment simply as the moral inversion of compassion and engagement, the volume brings together empirical studies and theoretical comments by leading anthropologists, sociologists, and science studies scholars. Taken together, these illustrate the range of contexts within which distance and disconnection can offer meaningful frameworks for action. Positioned at the cutting edge of social theory, this landmark volume will be widely read by students and academics across the social sciences and humanities.