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The Problematic Relationship between Migration and Culture Change

Graciela S. Cabana

in Rethinking Anthropological Perspectives on Migration

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036076
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041780 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813036076.003.0002
The Problematic Relationship between Migration and Culture Change

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This chapter presents a philosophical piece problematizing the migration concept through a historical analysis of the relationship between migration and “culture change.” Graciela Cabana argues that current definitions and uses of “migration” were developed to answer anthropological specific questions, suggesting that perhaps, migration has since functioned as a handmaiden to studies of culture change. The challenge presented, then, is to divorce ourselves from our immediate academic concerns in order to think epistemologically about what migration is and how to best approach it in prehistoric studies.

Keywords: migration; culture change; anthropology; archaeology

Chapter.  4828 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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