Posts by: "Graham Jones"
Graham Jones is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A cultural and linguistic anthropologist, his research focuses on knowledge and rationality in practice, performance, and interaction. Drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in France, his book Trade of the Tricks: Inside the Magician's Craft (University of California Press, 2011) describes how a delicate skein of personal relationships and unspoken expectations governs the circulation of secrets as intellectual property in the insular subculture of entertainment magic. Focusing on forms of performance that blur boundaries between enchantment and disenchantment, Jones has also written about the relationship between magic and performance art, intercultural magic performances in colonial contact zones, and the appropriation of secular magic by evangelical Christian conjurers. At MIT, he teaches seminars on the anthropology of play, education, and communications media, as well as ethnographic research methods.