The World Multiple, as a collection, is an ambitious ethnographic experiment in understanding how the world is experienced and generated in multiple ways through people’s everyday practices. Against the dominant assumption that the world is a single universal reality that can only be known by modern expert science, this book argues that worlds are worlded—they are socially and materially crafted in multiple forms in everyday practices involving humans, landscapes, animals, plants, fungi, rocks, and other beings. These practices do not converge to a singular knowledge of the world, but generate a world multiple—a world that is more than one integrated whole, yet less than many fragmented parts.

The book brings together authors from Europe, Japan, and North America, in conversation with ethnographic material from Africa, the Americas, and Asia, in order to explore the possibilities of the world multiple to reveal new ways to intervene in the legacies of colonialism, imperialism, and capitalism that inflict damage on humans and nonhumans. The contributors show how the world is formed through interactions among techno-scientific, vernacular, local, and indigenous practices, and examine the new forms of politics that emerge out of them.

Engaged with recent anthropological discussions of ontologies, the Anthropocene, and multi-species ethnography, the book addresses the multidimensional realities of people’s lives and the quotidian politics they entail.

part I|83 pages

Entangled worldings

chapter 4|16 pages

Doing and undoing caribou/atîku

Diffractive and divergent multiplicities and their cosmopolitical orientations

chapter 5|15 pages

Maps in action

Quotidian politics through boundary translational matrix for world multiple in contemporary Inuit everyday life

chapter 6|19 pages

Climate change and local knowledge in Eastern Arctic Inuit society

Perceptions, responses, and practice

part II|69 pages

Space-time multiplicities

chapter 7|19 pages

Landscapes, by comparison

105Practices of enacting salmon in Hokkaido, Japan

chapter 9|15 pages

Temporalities in translation

The making and unmaking of “folk” Ayurveda and bio-cultural diversity

chapter 10|17 pages

Healing in the Anthropocene

part III|83 pages

Exploring quotidian politics

chapter 11|16 pages

Out of nothing

175(Re)worlding “theory” through Chinese medical entrepreneurship

chapter 12|15 pages

Traveling and indwelling knowledge

Learning and technological exchange among Vezo fishermen in Madagascar

chapter 14|14 pages

Translation in the world multiple

chapter 15|15 pages

A multispecies ontological turn?

chapter |8 pages