Selected Articles, Essays, Chapters, and Blogs
NB: Some articles or their abstracts available for downloading in pdf or are linked to their original sites, where indicated.
Critique Decolonized? Saba Mahmood and the Paradoxes of Self-Parochialization Public Books 8.3.2018
“How Everyday Ethics Becomes a Moral Economy, and Vice Versa” Economics Discussion Papers, No 2019-9, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Economics—ejournal
Divine Text, National Language, and Their Publics: Arguing an Indonesian Qur’an Comparative Studies in Society and History vol. 60, no. 4, pp. 758-7852018
Perspectives on Affordances, or the Anthropologically Real. The 2018 Daryll Forde Lecture. Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, vol. 8, no. 1, 27-38, 2018
How Everyday Ethics Becomes a Moral Economy, and Vice Versa” Powerpoint from conference on “Rebuilding Macroeconomics” 1-2 October 2018, HM Treasury, London
Affordances and Reflexivity in Ethical Life: An Ethnographic Stance. Anthropological Theory vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 3-26, 2014
On Semiotic Ideology Signs in Society Winter 2018
Killing Animals: On the Violence of Sacrifice, the Hunt, and the Butcher. Anthropology of this Century Issue 22, May 2018
Ontologies, Anthropologists, and Ethical Life. Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory. vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 186-91, 2013
Rotting Bodies: The Clash of Stances toward Materiality and its Ethical Affordances. Current Anthropology
On Spirit Writing: Materialities of Language and the Religious Work of Transduction. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 1-17, 2013
Indexing Voice: A Morality Tale. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 166-178, 2011
Secularism as a Moral Narrative of Modernity. Transit: Europäische Revue no. 43, pp. 159-170, 2013
What is Religious Freedom Supposed to Free? Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion, and the Public Sphere
‘What Eludes Speech’: A Dialogue with Webb Keane by Rosemary A. Joyce. Journal of Social Archaeology vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 158–170, 2011.
Minds, Surfaces, and Reasons in the Anthropology of Ethics. In Ordinary Ethics, edited by Michael Lambek, Fordham University Press, pp. 64-83, 2010.
Freedom and Blasphemy: On Indonesian Press Bans and Danish Cartoons. Public Culture. vol. 21, no. 1 (winter 2009), pp. 47-76.
Marked, Absent, Habitual: Approaches to Neolithic Religion in Çatalhöyük. In Religion in the Emergence of Civilization: Çatalhöyük as a Case Study Edited by Ian Hodder, Cambridge University Press, pp. 187-219, 2010.
On Multiple Ontologies and the Temporality of Things. Material World July 7, 2009
Market, Materiality, and Moral Metalanguage Anthropological Theory vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 27-42, 2008.
Others, Other Minds, and Others’ Theories of Other Minds: An Afterword on the Psychology and Politics of Opacity Statements Anthropological Quarterly vol. 81, no. 2, pp. 473-82, 2008.
The Evidence of the Senses and the Materiality of Religion. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 110-127, 2008.
Modes of Objectification in Educational Experience. Linguistics and Education vol. 19, pp. 312-318, 2008.
Subjects and Objects In Handbook of Material Culture, edited by Christopher Tilley, Webb Keane, Susanne Küchler, Michael Rowlands, and Patricia Spyer, Sage Press, pp. 197-202, 2006.
Signs are Not the Garb of Meaning: On the Social Analysis of Material Things. In Materiality edited by Daniel Miller, Duke University Press, pp. 182-205, 2006
Estrangement, Intimacy, and the Problem of Objectification in Anthropology. In The Politics of Method in the Social Sciences: Positivism and Its Epistemological Others edited by George Steinmetz, Duke University Press, pp, 59-88, 2005.
The Hazards of New Clothes: What Signs Make Possible. In The Art of Clothing edited by Susanne Küchler and Graeme Were, UCL Press, pp. 1-16, 2005.
Language and Religion. In A Companion to Linguistic Anthropology ed. Alessandro Duranti, Blackwell, pp. 431-448, 2004.
Where on Earth is Eastern Indonesia? A Review Article. Indonesia 2004 (vol. 77, pp. 146-155)
Public Speaking: On Indonesian as the Language of the Nation. In Public Culture vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 503-530, 2003.
Semiotics and the Social Analysis of Material Things. In Language and Communication vol. 23, nos 2-3, pp. 409-425, 2003.
Second Language, National Language, Modern Language, and Post-colonial Voice: On Indonesian. In Translating Cultures: Perspectives on Translation and Anthropology ed. Paula G. Rubel and Abraham Rosman, Berg, pp. 153-175, 2003.
Self-Interpretation, Agency, and the Objects of Anthropology: Reflections on a Genealogy. In Comparative Studies in Society and History vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 222-248, 2003.
Sincerity, ‘Modernity,’ and the Protestants. In Cultural Anthropology vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 65-92, 2002.
Money is No Object: Materiality, Desire, and Modernity in an Indonesian Society. In The Empire of Things: Regimes of Value and Material Culture ed. Fred Myers, School of American Research Press, pp. 65-90, 2001.
Voice. In Key Terms in Language and Culture ed. Alessandro Duranti, Blackwell, 2001, pp. 268-271.
The Materiality and Locality of Everyday Lives: A Review Essay. Indonesia 1999 (68: 178-186)
Calvin in the Tropics: Objects and Subjects at the Religious Frontier. In Border Fetishisms: Material Objects in Unstable Spaces ed. Patricia Spyer, Routledge, pp. 13-34, 1998.
From Fetishism to Sincerity: Agency, the Speaking Subject, and their Historicity in the Context of Religious Conversion. In Comparative Studies in Society and History vol. 39, no. 4; pp. 674-693, 1997.
Religious Language. In Annual Review of Anthropology 26: 47-71, 1997.
Knowing One’s Place: National Language and the Idea of the Local in Eastern Indonesia. In Cultural Anthropology 12, 1: 1-27, 1997.
Reflections on Political Theology in the Pacific. Christian Politics in Oceania ed. Matt Tomlinson and Debra McDougall, Berghahn Books, 2013, pp. 211-223.
Materialism, Missionaries, and Modern Subjects in Colonial Indonesia. In Conversion to Modernities: The Globalization of Christianity ed. Peter van der Veer, Routledge, pp. 137-170, 1996)*
Religious Change and Historical Reflection in Anakalang, West Sumba, Indonesia. In The Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 26, 2: 289-306, 1995.
The Spoken House: Text, Act, and Object in Eastern Indonesia. In American Ethnologist 22, 1: 102-124, 1995.
The Value of Words and the Meaning of Things in Eastern Indonesian Exchange. In Man, now The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute N.S, 29, 3: 605-629, 1994.
Delegated Voice: Ritual Speech, Risk and the Making of Marriage Alliances in Anakalang. In American Ethnologist 18, 2: 311-330, 1991.