Dr Andrew Beatty
Senior Lecturer In Anthropology
- Psychological and psychiatric anthropology
- Religion and ritual
- Indonesia and Mexico
- New approaches to ethnographic writing
Like many anthropologists who have worked in tribal societies, I started as a generalist, covering kinship, religion, ritual, and politics. Fieldwork in Java developed interests in Islam, syncretism, mysticism and tolerance. I also have a longstanding interest in emotion: what is it? does anthropology have any special contribution? how should we write about it?
Recent work has explored narrative ethnography and literary techniques of presentation within a broadly humanistic agenda. The aim is twofold: to render the flow of experience more precisely and to capture a wider audience for anthropology.
Ana Mourao: Space and identity in a migrant settlement in LisbonAdnan Khan: Pukhtun sorrows and joys, NW Pakistan
Research project(s) and grant(s)
Anthropology of emotion (Cambridge University Press)
‘After the Ancestors’, a narrative ethnography of Nias, Indonesia
British Academy (R30062) Emotion in two Indonesian societies£4000 March - May 2011 Andrew Beatty (PI)