William Garriott is Associate Professor in the Law, Politics, and Society Program at Drake University. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Princeton University and an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School. His research and teaching focus on the relationship between law, crime, and criminal justice, broadly conceived, with specific interest in drugs, addiction, policing, and governance. He is the author of Policing Methamphetamine: Narcopolitics in Rural America as well as several edited volumes on policing and addiction. He is former coeditor-in-chief of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review. He currently serves as coeditor of the book series, Police/Worlds: Studies in Security, Crime, and Governance with Cornell University Press.
This is a selection of his publicaitons.
(Sage Publications, 2008-12-01) Garriott, William; O’Neill, Kevin Lewis
This article aims to contribute to the continued formation of an anthropology of
Christianity. We argue that anthropologists should adopt a more dialogic approach to
the anthropological study of Christianity, one that shifts the concern from the
problems posed by Christianity to anthropology, to the problems posed by
Christianity to Christians themselves. In particular, we argue that the problem of
determining who and what counts as a Christian is not a strictly anthropological
problem, but is a potent source of debate within Christian communities. Attending to
such debate offers a window into what is at stake in the lives of Christians themselves,
and thus has the capacity to provide a non-essentializing foundation for the
anthropology of Christianity as a comparative project. We begin with a review of
recent anthropological literature and conclude with a set of ethnographic illustrations
that show the import of such a shift for future research.