W083
Social interaction, shifting scales of analysis and anthropological theory. Interaction sociale, jeux d'échelles analytiques et théorie anthropologique. atelier bilingue / bilingual workshop

Convenors:
Quentin Gausset (University of Copenhagen)
Robert Gibb (Glasgow University)
Olivier Leservoisier (Lyon II)
Format:
Workshops
Location:
Salle des thèses B16
Start time:
11 July, 2012 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

What happens to our understanding of social interactions when our analysis changes scale? Can we say something about macro-processes based on an analysis of micro-processes? Do social interactions that happen at different scales have the same (fractal) nature or are they radically different?

Long abstract:

Anthropology is often practised in small-scale societies or among small sub-groups of large-scale societies. While some anthropologists prefer to maintain their analysis at a micro-level, others have been bold enough to make broad generalizations or to talk of global processes. This bi-lingual (English, French) workshop wishes to discuss what happens to our understanding of social interactions when anthropological analysis changes scale. Are we entitled to say something about macro-processes based on an analysis of micro-processes? If we are, is this because the social interactions that happen at different scales are of the same (fractal) nature? If we are not, is this because the social reality characterised by or investigated through different scales of analysis is radically different? Does the micro engender the macro (or the opposite, or both, or neither)? If so, when and under which conditions? We invite the submission of papers that analyse a social fact or social process unfolding at different levels (all types of scales can be discussed), discuss the differences and similarities that are found at the different scales, and theorize what happens to social interactions or anthropological analysis when the scale of analysis shifts. Nous attendons la proposition de communications qui analysent un fait ou un processus social se déroulant sur plusieurs niveaux, discutent les similarités et différences que l'on trouve aux différentes échelles, et théorisent ce qui arrive aux interactions sociales ou à l'analyse anthropologique lors des sauts d'échelle analytique.