Culture Everywhere and Nowhere

in Navigators of the Contemporary

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226887517
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226887531 | DOI:
Culture Everywhere and Nowhere

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This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the challenges faced by cultural anthropology today. It describes how cultural anthropology went through a period of rupture in the 1980s, a substantial break with the discipline's traditions. Just exactly what changed for cultural anthropologists in the 1980s remains unclear, but the university practices that constitute cultural anthropology carried on both much as before, but also differently—and what was the same, or thought to be different, remains contested long after the fact. This book proceeds on the assumption that the rupture of the 1980s was not enough to constitute an ethnography fully prepared to inquire into many of the cultural questions which seem so unavoidable today, that is, questions raised by “cultures” of contemporary life in developed places.

Keywords: cultural anthropology; ethnography; 1980s; contemporary life

Chapter.  3064 words. 

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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