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Local Knowledge and “Other Anthropologies”

[Lokal’noe znanie i “drugie antropologii”]

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31857/S086954150017416-7

Type of publication: Research Article (with comments)

Submitted: 24.07.2020

Accepted: 09.08.2021

About author(s)

Dmitrii Baranov | https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4129-7771 | dmitry.baranov@list.ru | The Russian Museum of Ethnography (4/1 Inzhenernaya Str., St. Petersburg, 191186, Russia)


anthropocentrism, perspectivism, local knowledge, representation, other anthropologies, folk classifications, subjectivity of things, ethnographic fieldwork


The article examines the problems of ethnographic description and representation of the culture of Others and analyzes the ontological limitations inherent in anthropology, which call into question the very possibility of obtaining objective knowledge about the studied cultures. The concept of “other anthropologies” is proposed, which implies the recognition of heuristically significant alternatives to the Eurocentric perspective in the descriptions and interpretations of cultures. Such an approach, which is based on the ideas of E. Viveiroz de Castro, raises the following questions: what can we, ethnographers, be taught in a theoretical and ideological sense by acquaintance with the cultures that are the subject of research? what is the contribution of different cultures to the production of new disciplinary concepts and theories? to what extent are we ready to recognize and include “folk” knowledge “on equal terms” in our scientific discourse?

Funding Information

This research was supported by the following institutions and grants: Russian Science Foundation, https://doi.org/10.13039/501100006769 [grant no. 8-18-00309] (recipient D.V. Arzyutov)


Baranov, D.A. 2021. Local Knowledge and “Other Anthropologies” [Lokal’noe znanie i “drugie antropologii”]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 5: 84–112. https://doi.org/10.31857/S086954150017416-7

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